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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Poll on torture finds world opinion mixed

The results of a just released survey indicate that world opinion is mixed on the use of torture, Agence France-Presse reported Wednesday.

A majority of respondents in 14 countries – including the United States, Egypt and Iran – favor a total ban on torture, while majorities in four other nations – India, Nigeria, Turkey and Thailand – said the practice was acceptable when dealing with terrorists.

The poll was conducted by WorldPublicOpinon.org, a research project at the University of Maryland.

Yvonne Terlingen, Amnesty International’s U.N. representative said it was “really shocking” that “only half of all those interviewed in the poll…agree that all torture should be prohibited.”

According to the article, “The poll also found an increase in the number of people favoring the use of torture for terrorists in Egypt, the United States and South Korea.”

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