A two-day conference on the abolition of torture sponsored by Amnesty International, opened in Paris on Monday.
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Background: A two-day conference on the abolition of torture sponsored by Amnesty International, opened in Paris on Monday.
The organisation which is pledged to defending the rights of political prisoners around the world, claims that the use of torture against such prisoners is on the increase internationally.
The meeting had to be held at a private conference centre in the French capital because UNESCO refused to play host to Amnesty International because it felt the London-based organisation has levelled criticism at member-nations of UNESCO.
However, representatives from the United Nations joined delegates from other international organisations, including the Council of Europe, the Organisation of African Unity and the Organisation of American States, at the conference.
The President of Amnesty International, Mr. Sean McBride, said he called the conference because he saw torture becoming a daily fact of life "from the psychiatric hospital of Tcherniakhovsk in the Soviet Union to Operacao Banderiantes in Brazil." In a prepared statement, Mr. McBride claimed his organisation had proof "that international torture schools exist where the torturers are trained in the most advanced medical and psychological techniques."
Four aspects of torture were on the agenda for discussion at the conference - identifying the victims, the physical affects, legal problems and political factors.