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(Updated on 11/05/2016)



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Information :



  • Torture : "Inflicting pain, injury or psychological injury while the victim is restrained or otherwise unable to move." 
    Listen to the word 'torture'.
  • Definition of torture :
    "Torture includes such practices as searing with hot irons, burning at the stake, electric shock treatment to the genitals, cutting out parts of the body, e.g. tongue, entrails or genitals, severe beatings, suspending by the legs with arms tied behind back, applying thumbscrews, inserting a needle under the fingernails, drilling through an unanesthetized tooth, making a person crouch for hours in the ‘Z’ position, waterboarding (submersion in water or dousing to produce the sensation of drowning), and denying food, water or sleep for days or weeks on end."




World Organisation Against Torture :


United Nations Convention Against Torture :


The Internantional Day in Support of Torture Victims, June 26 :


Techniques :




    • Waterboarding (Wikipedia)
      It "is a torture technique that simulates drowning in a controlled environment..."
      1 Technique
      2 Mental and physical effects
      3 Historical uses
      4 Contemporary use
      5 Legality



    • CIA's Harsh Interrogation Techniques Described (

    • SpongeBob in NY torture sideshow
      "Children's cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants is being used as part of an art installation to protest against water-boarding as a form of torture."

      Aim = "to provoke people into thinking about the interrogation technique, which simulates the feeling of drowning and is denounced by human rights groups as a form of torture."


Facts :

  • CIA Director Says No More Waterboarding - Text + Audio - 11 April 2016
    "The head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) said his agency will not use waterboarding as a technique for getting information from detainees, or prisoners. He made the comments in an interview with NBC News."
  • US soldier gives four-year-old daughter 'waterboarding' over alphabet
    "A soldier subjected his four-year-old daughter to waterboard-style torture when she failed to recite her alphabet, it has been claimed...
    Waterboarding is a controversial torture technique used by the CIA to interrogate al Qaeda suspects at Guantanamo Bay, where water is poured over detainees so they think they are drowning. "



Listening :

  • Listen to the word 'torture'.
  • CIA Director Says No More Waterboarding - Text + Audio - 11 April 2016
    "The head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) said his agency will not use waterboarding as a technique for getting information from detainees, or prisoners. He made the comments in an interview with NBC News."
  • Should We Torture Suspects for Information? - Text + Audio - 20 February 2016
    "Support for torture to combat terrorism varies by country. The average, from Pew Research Center interviews with people in 38 nations, was 40 percent.
    The most support came from people in Uganda. The least from people in Argentina."

  • President Obama: Protecting Our Security and Our Values
    (May 21, 2009) - Guantanamo, torture, terrorists, national security, fundamental values, and more.

    VIDEO + TEXT (

  • The Debate Over Torture
    A law professor and a journalist provide two very different views on the use of torture.
    - David Luban, law professor at Georgetown, visiting professor of law at Stanford University, contributor to the forthcoming book, The Torture Debate in America (Cambridge University Press, 2005)
    - Charles Krauthammer, syndicated columnist

    Listen to the debate.


Activities TO PRINT :

  • Torture in the Middle Ages - The Dungeons
    Pupils should learn:
    - why torture has been used for thousands of years
    - about some of the instruments used to torture



Lesson plans :

  • Rice faces questions over CIA prisons - a lesson plan
    Date of the lesson plan : Dec 5, 2005 
    "An article claimed that the US has secret prisons called “black sites” in eight countries. Other reports have surfaced about secret “torture flights” that fly Al-Qaeda prisoners around the world." 


Cartoons :


Cartoon: Meet the New Boss
"This cartoon by Dave Brown
from The Independent relates to claims
that Libyan rebels are 'torturing
suspected Gaddafi mercenaries'..."




Posters :


Signs :


Literature :

  • 1984, a novel by George Orwell (Published in 1949)
    It "is a classic dystopian novel by English author George Orwell. Published in 1949, it is set in the eponymous year and focuses on a repressive, totalitarian regime. The story follows the life of one seemingly insignificant man, Winston Smith, a civil servant assigned the task of perpetuating the regime's propaganda by falsifying records and political literature. Smith grows disillusioned with his meager existence and so begins a rebellion against the system that leads to his arrest and torture..."



Poems :


Videos :

  • CIA report: 'Brutal' interrogations post-9/11 - 10 December 2014

  • Woolite : Torture - a commercial (YouTube)
    "You might know Rob Zombie as the founder and lead singer of White Zombie or you might be more familiar with his film work
    directing gory horror movies like House of 1000 Corpses and the Halloween remake.
    Either way, odds are good that you probably don’t think about a gentle laundry detergent when you picture the guy.
    That’s exactly why having him direct the 30-second spot is pretty genius.
    I mean, when was the last time you even thought about Woolite, let alone voluntarily watched a commercial for it?"




  • Chains We Can Believe in by Mario Fiore
    "Check out this political cartoon about Obama's torture policy.
    Will Obama really change America's policy on torture or will state secrets continue to go on ?"



Cinema :