Human Rights Public Debate
Date: Wednesday 11 May 2005
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speakers: Alain Aeschlimann, Victoria Brittain, Professor Chris Brown, Sir Nigel Rodley
Moderator: Lyse Doucet, BBC World
Chair: Professor Conor Gearty
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. Members of both the US and British forces stand convicted of serious crimes against captives in their charge and allegations of systematic torture continue to be made. 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? This event is organised in association with the International Committee of the Road Cross.
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.
This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first serve basis.
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Transcript of Torture: the ultimate abuse of human rights? (weblink to PDF)