Friday, July 27, 2012

UAE rulers don't think that torture is torture

A source who would know sent me this and he/she does not want to be identified:
"I thought this might be of interest to you: the UAE has only just ratified one of the core human rights treaties, the Convention Against Torture. In addition to the delay, they've also carved themselves a major loophole, so that they can keep using corporal punishment:

"The United Arab Emirates also confirms that the lawful sanctions applicable under national
law, or pain or suffering arising from or associated with or incidental to these lawful sanctions, do not
fall under the concept of “torture” defined in article 1 of this Convention or under the concept of cruel,
inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment mentioned in this Convention."

If you use this, I would prefer you not to use my name."