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Torture: the ultimate abuse of human rights?

A panel of human rights experts debate Torture: the ultimate abuse of human rights? in a public event at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Wednesday 11 May.

Torture is a topic that never quite goes away, and in recent years it has returned with gusto to the centre of the political and ethical stage.

The panel will consider why is torture so frequently resorted to, despite the unequivocal nature of its legal prohibition and the alleged clarity of its immorality? How can this most basic of abuses finally be eradicated? Even if torture is always wrong, are some forms of ill-treatment justifiable as a lesser evil in the fight against terror?

  • Alan Aeschlimann is head of the Central Tracing Agency and Protection Division at the International Committee of the Red Cross.
  • Victoria Brittain is a journalist who has reported extensively from many parts of the Third World. She worked at The Guardian for 20 years and has been a consultant for the UN and for the UK Government's Department for International Development.
  • Chris Brown is a professor of international relations at LSE.
  • Sir Nigel Rodley acted as the UN special rapporteur on torture from 1993-2001 and is currently a member of the UN Human Rights Committee and a commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists.

Lyse Doucet, BBC World, will act as moderator with Professor Conor Gearty, Rausing director of LSE's Centre for the Study of Human Rights, chairing the event.

Torture: the ultimate abuse of human rights? is on Wednesday 11 May at 6pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. 

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first serve basis.


To request a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 


This event is organised by LSE's Centre for the Study of Human Rights in association with the International Committee of the Road Cross.

3 May 2005