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Force information

Torture means deliberately torturing a person until they reveal information. Sometimes the person is supposed to make a confession about an act that he actually or allegedly committed.

Torture in the Middle Ages

In Germany, torture was allowed in the late Middle Ages in order to squeeze the supposed truth out of suspects. Under the cruel torment of fire, thumb screws, on the rack and many other inhuman methods and torture devices, the prisoners mostly confessed everything the torturers wanted to know about them. These terrible interrogation methods were also used in the so-called witch trials in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Torture is forbidden

Today torture is banned worldwide. This is what the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (Article 5) and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) say. In Germany, the Basic Law (Article 104) states that torture is prohibited.

Stand up for human rights

Despite all the bans, prisoners are cruelly tortured all over the world. This shows that one law alone is not enough to abolish torture. Every individual is called to pay attention to the observance of human rights and to denounce violations of human rights, even if they happen on the other end of the world.