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Declaration Concerning Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (2005)

09 July 2018

The British Psychological Society regretfully notes that the existence of state-sponsored torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment has been documented in many nations around the world.

The British Psychological Society condemns torture wherever it occurs, and supports the United Nations Declaration and Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

We further condemn the misuse of psychological knowledge and techniques in the design and enactment of torture.

For the purpose of this Declaration, torture is defined as the deliberate, systematic or wanton infliction of physical or mental suffering by one or more persons acting alone or on the orders of any authority, to force another person to yield information, to make a confession, or for any other reason.

This definition includes the use of threats, insults, sexual, religious or cultural degradation or degrading treatment of any kind.

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