ABSTRACT. This paper seeks to fill a gap in the current literature by examining different aspects of the role torture plays in the creation of political identity, the effect of pain on the torture victim’s identity or subjectivity, the elasticity of legal rights in the face of torture, the legal dimensions of human rights discourse, and the status-bound idea of human dignity. The overall results provide strong evidence for features of torture, the actual long-term effects of torture, the semantic content of torture, the presumed moral permissibility of torture, and the legal concept of human dignity. pp. 196–201

Keywords: torture, ill-treatment, human rights, dignity, identity


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