In doing so, perhaps a different conclusion would be made.
As torture is such an emotive subject it is difficult to ensure that the facts are truly represented.
Once the torture of Jews by the Nazis in the Second World War became public knowledge, numerous international laws were bought into effect to prevent the use of torture.
However, torture still continues to this day, but as its use is still widely condemned, details of torture are either kept non-public, are down played or justified by manipulation of public opinion.
In addition, the Algerian War and the Iraq War will be used as case studies to further discuss the ethical issues surrounding torture.
Conclusions will be drawn and the author’s answer to the question ‘can the use of torture ever be justified?It then examines the history of torture and looks at international law that relates to torture.The main part of the study analyses ethical theories in relation to torture and uses these ethical viewpoints to examine whether or not torture can be justified in any circumstances.This includes threats to family members and loved ones.Disclaimer: This work has been submitted by a student.Before the nineteenth century some countries publicly acknowledged torture as an instrument of judicial inquiry, however today the vast majority of countries where torture is practised will blankly deny any knowledge of it.This, of course, makes a study of torture difficult.This is not an example of the work produced by our Essay Writing Service.You can view samples of our professional work here.Amnesty International state that ‘torture is the systematic and deliberate infliction of acute pain in any form by one person on another, in order to accomplish the purpose of the former against the will of the latter’ (Klayman, 1978, p482).This definition encompasses both physical and mental pain.