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Your country's view on torture... [ Thursday, 19 Oct 06 | 09:51 ]
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Nearly 30% of people worldwide back the use of torture in prisons in some circumstances while double that number oppose its use, a BBC survey suggests.

Although 59% were opposed to torture, 29% thought it acceptable to use some degree of torture to combat terrorism.

While most polled in the US are against torture, opposition there is less robust than in Europe and elsewhere. Some 36% of those questioned in the US agreed that this use of torture was acceptable, while 58% were unwilling to compromise on human rights.

In contrast, Spain has one of the lowest percentages for acceptance of torture, despite experiencing more than 40 years of ETA terrorism.

More than 27,000 people in 25 countries were asked if torture was acceptable if it could provide information to save innocent lives.

The survey was carried out for the BBC World Service by polling firm Globescan and the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA). Here are the results. How does your country fare? The questions used in the poll appear at the end.

Views on Torturing Prisoners
Country Against all
Some degree
Don't Know
Australia 75% 22% 3%
Brazil 61% 32% 8%
Canada 74% 22% 4%
Chile 62% 22% 16%
China 49% 37% 13%
Egypt 65% 25% 9%
France 75% 19% 6%
Germany 71% 21% 7%
India 23% 32% 45%
Indonesia 51% 40% 8%
Iraq 55% 42% 1%
Israel 48% 43% 9%
Italy 81% 14% 6%
Kenya 53% 38% 9%
Mexico 50% 24% 27%
Nigeria 49% 39% 12%
Philippines 56% 40% 5%
Poland 62% 27% 12%
Russia 43% 37% 19%
S. Korea 66% 31% 3%
Spain 65% 16% 19%
Turkey 62% 24% 14%
UK 72% 24% 4%
Ukraine 54% 29% 18%
US 58% 36% 7%
Average 59% 29% 12%

27,000 respondents in 25 countries were asked which position was closer to their own views:

  • Clear rules against torture should be maintained because any use of torture is immoral and will weaken international human rights standards against torture.

  • Terrorists pose such an extreme threat that governments should now be allowed to use some degree of torture if it may gain information that saves innocent lives.

Source: BBC/Globescan/PIPA

From: tkn1114
Friday, 20 Oct 06 | 19:32 (UTC)

torture does'nt work

Actually, the % in the US *for* torture is higher than that, I believe 42-46% depending on areas and demographics, esp. if you phrase it, "... if torture would result in saving innocent lives..." which is an utterly naive question because Imperialists *always* believe their lives are innocent, and more valuable than others'. The # of Americans *for* torture may be even higher right after 9/11 but that's understandable. But after 5 years of contemplation, the complicity to Imperialism in this country is undeniable.

In VN, torture not only did not work, it was a major factor contributing to our loss of that war, as it is once again the case with our increasingly clear defeat in Iraq. After those *so-called" VC sympathizers got their fingernails pulled out and their nipples electrocuted, they could'nt wait to figure out how to help the VCs kill the next American troop. Now, 7 out of 10 Iraqis are FOR violence against US troops for the same reasons.

Imperialism is not our forte because we're not willing to die for our spoils, but the *ennemy* (whoever that is and if you can call him that in good conscience) is willing to die for his cause. Otoh, "making a deal" is very much our forte. Why don't we stick to that and do it with those who WOULD do it with us if we can't bear to consume less?
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