UN Convention Against Torture
U.S. President Donald Trump recently reflected publicly on the issue of torture as a tool for interrogation. He claims that "it works." As health-care providers who work with torture survivors, we feel compelled to outline evidence that refutes president Trump's contention and highlight the horrific consequences to survivors.
Canada, along with other democratic nations, is against mob rule. So why is it so difficult for Canada to ratify a document that ensures the type of horrific actions perpetrated by these groups -- including torture -- are stamped out? What is preventing Canada from fulfilling its commitment to ratify the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture?
June 26 is International Day in Support of Victims of Torture -- a day that requires reckoning. Canada itself does not torture and speaks out against torture -- this is good. But we may be missing the mark with some of our actions and omissions to support victims and condemn torture wherever we find it.
May 2012 was Canada's turn to appear again before the UN Committee Against Torture. Governmental responses that the UN Committee should focus on countries worse than Canada don't make sense -- should a corporation with a strong ethical record say that it no longer needs to undergo audit processes because there are other corporations out there cooking the books?