TORTURE: Asian and Global Perspectives
Time has value if one explores one’s experiences, for one’s mind decides mostly by experience. We have spent centuries trying to understand humanity and the capacity of the human mind to preserve its sovereignty.Thereafter, we have spent more years to give form to our discoveries of morality and dignity resulting in sovereignty being confirmed through equal status until known otherwise. But, in reality neither the equality nor dignity of ordinary people are being preserved or enjoyed due to the politics that engages stigmatic operations against real freedoms. By and large, the unimaginable price of inequality has to be paid for, unconditionally, by each of us with or without our knowledge. It has directed society as a whole into its current state of anxiety.
We are on the edge of the new era of extremism and fundamentalism which constantly challenges and curtails the personal liberty of the people, and that reduces mankind's desire for freedom to little more than a dream. We are in the miserable position of not just trying to fight these enemies, but also of just trying to understand what threat they really pose. It has become increasingly clear in recent years that the concepts and mindsets of previous decades are no longer suitable to explain or counter modern extremism.
Nothing can justify torture under any circumstances. But torture is still an endemic issue for mankind, confirming that many countries are not keen to criminalize torture. Many state and non-state actors provide justifications in this regard, while thousands of people continue to become victims of this inhuman practice, which has its origin in the jungle age and system. Time is compelling us to engage, to recognize, and eliminate torture through the current political track rather than conducting a distant analysis of the past.
In July 2012, the Asian Alliance Against Torture and Ill-treatment hosted an unprecedented event in Hong Kong. Several Asian parliamentarians and leading human rights activists were invited to deliberate on ways to combat the practice of torture and ill-treatment in Asia.
WHAT WENT WRONG? - In the last hundred years, many laws have been passed and many international conventions have been signed by the government on behalf of the State in acceptance of the prohibition of torture. But torture continues to be practiced widely in Sri Lanka, even today.
THIRST FOR DEMOCRACY: Torture neither promotes democracy nor supports the rule of law. On the contrary, torture, whether openly or clandestinely used, undermines democratic governnance.