"Torture is currently practiced in at least 122 nations and by several paramilitary groups--a direct violation of human rights. The tortured include prisoners of war, political dissenters, members of a persecuted religion, and victims of drug wars. The book discusses various types of torture, who uses it and why, its consequences, and steps being taken to reduce its use worldwide"--Provided by the publisher.
Introduction: a darkening world -- Torture in the twenty-first century -- What constitutes torture? -- Is torture ever justified? -- The consequences of torture -- What can be done to reduce torture?.