Torture: A Threat-Based Perspective - A Work in Progress

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Poster presentation for the 2008 University Scholars Day at the University of North Texas discussing research on torture and threat-based perspectives.

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Sowell, Marsha & Meernik, James David April 3, 2008.

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Poster presentation for the 2008 University Scholars Day at the University of North Texas discussing research on torture and threat-based perspectives.

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Abstract: Torture violates human rights; a majority of states have ratified the international Convention Against Torture (CAT), but due to lack of enforcement, violations still occur unchecked. This research seeks to explain why states fail to comply with international human rights treaties. We suggest threat is the determining factor behind torture; torture is provisional. The threat we focus on is the fear states have of their enemies, which could range from another state to a terrorist group. We suggest that the level of threat against a state is directly related to the violation of human rights. We argue that the more threatened a state feels, the more likely they are to participate in the act of torture. These assumptions will be tested through an empirical and quantitative analysis on the compliance of CAT member states over time. We will test our threat-based explanation against other factors that may lead to torture.

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  • Fifth Annual University Scholars Day, 2008, Denton, Texas, United States

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Sowell, Marsha & Meernik, James David. Torture: A Threat-Based Perspective - A Work in Progress, poster, April 3, 2008; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc86150/: accessed October 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Honors College.