- Web Desk
Washington DC: President Joseph Biden has reiterated the US’s ban on torture and other forms of inhuman treatment, pledging all US efforts to end such torture and ill-treatment.
In a statement issued by the White House on the anniversary of the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Biden said torture goes against everything That the US stands for and must never again be used.
The president said, “The late-Senator John McCain, my friend and a torture survivor, put it best: “the use of torture compromises that which most distinguishes us from our enemies—our belief that all people, even captured enemies, possess basic human rights, which are protected by international conventions the U.S. not only joined, but for the most part authored.”
Biden pointed out that while torture was against international and national laws, while failing to aid intelligence gathering, it ended up motivating others to take up terrorism as a form of protest, spurring extremism, additionally compromising the world’s moral standards.
Recognizing the pain of victims and families of torture, Biden said that the US nominated a leading American legal expert onto the Committee Against Torture. This committee monitors implementation of the UN Convention on torture.
He also said that, while US continues to remain the largest donor to UN funds for torture victims, migrants and refugees, he had requested the largest budget ever for U.S. Survivors of Torture Program.
Torture, wherever it occurs, is a stain on our moral conscience. We all must redouble our efforts to end such inhumane practice for good, he said.