According to Article 1 (1) of the United Nations Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT) torture is defined as follows:
‘…any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted by or at the instigation of a public official on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or confession, punishing him for an act he has committed, or intimidating him or other persons.’
Freedom from torture is an agreed human right, as guaranteed under international law and defined by UNCAT.
Despite being illegal under international law, sources indicate that government-sanctioned torture is committed in more than 130 countries worldwide.
Ireland ratified the UN Convention on April 11th, 2002 and is therefore legally bound by its articles.
The Irish government fulfills its obligations by funding Spirasi through the HSE.
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