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Torture on rise – Despite upswing in democracy

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A campaign to combat an increase in torture throughout the world has been launched by Amnesty International, the Associated Press reported Oct. 18.

The human rights group launched its “Stamp Out Torture” campaign in response to a growing rate of torture internationally — despite the spread of democratic governments.

Amnesty said it had found evidence of torture — ranging from beatings to electric shock — in 150 countries, including the U.S. and Great Britain.

Amnesty called on governments to live up to international agreements banning torture such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and urged governments to recognize domestic violence as a form of torture.

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