Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


‘Is torture ever justifiable?’ Debate at Otago University

‘Is torture ever justifiable?’ Debate by the Otago University Debating Society with guest speaker Professor Richard Jackson from the National Centre for Peace & Conflicts Studies. Hosted by Amnesty International Otago University & Polytechnic

We encourage you to join us in discussing the use of torture. This debate between students of the Otago University Debating Society is part of Amnesty International’s Freedom Challenge Week, an annual campaign week by youth groups. This year the topic is torture.

Between January 2009 and May 2013, Amnesty Interntional received reports of torture and other illtreatment committed by state officials in 141 countries and from every world region. New Zealand’s neighbours in the Asia-Pacfic region are some of the worst offenders, where governments are allowing police and state security forces to torture with impunity.

“As more governments seek to justify torture in the name of national security, the steady progress made in this field over the last 30 years is being eroded” – Grant Bayldon, Executive Director of Amnesty International NZ.

The debate will hopefully stimulate reflection and encourage research, with a better understanding of the various considerations that undermine basic assumptions.

The debate will present both sides of the argument, in the context of the comeback of torture by governments, and a prevalent attitude that some methods of torture are more acceptable than others.

“We wish to make people aware that this is not only an issue for non-democratic countries, but that democratic nations are also involved in the maintance of a global culture of torture-behind-the-scenes, under the banner of national security, via implicit consent that is based on assumptions that some forms of torture can work and are needed.” Ray Nukada, co-organiser, Amnesty International Otago. Professor Richard Jackson from the University of Otago’s National Centre for Peace & Conflicts Studies will introduce the debate and also speak afterwards.

All are welcome.

When: Monday 11th of August, 7–8pm.
Where: Archway 2 lecture theatre, University of Otago campus.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Review: “Salute” By Royal New Zealand Ballet In Wellington

The Royal New Zealand Ballet performed “Salute” for a final time in Wellington on Sunday night, and it was nothing short of spectacular. More>>

ALSO:

NZ on Air: More Funding For TV Captions To Increase Access

More funding for TV captions to increase access NZ On Air has increased funding to provide more captions and audio description on television programmes for the hearing and sight impaired. More>>

Music: So Laid Back Country China Album Release

On Friday night, So Laid Back Country China held a gig at Meow for the release of their new album With Knees of Honey in Goodbye Canyon. I briefly spoke with Harriet lead vocals, keyboard) and Michael (lead vocals, guitar) before the gig More>>

Art: Wellington Region Celebrates Matariki

Eight Wellington museums and galleries have joined forces to present a major programme of exhibitions and events to celebrate Matariki 2015, the Māori New Year. The Wellington Matariki Festival will host more than 60 free events and activities between Saturday ... More>>

Wellington: TEDxWellingtonWomen Speakers Unveiled

The lineup is announced today for the highly anticipated upcoming event TEDxWellingtonWomen. Speakers include local women and men who have lived extraordinary lives and have ideas worth spreading. More>>


Books: Witi Ihimaera To Address ‘State Of NZ Literature’at Festival

6 May 2015 MEDIA RELEASE Witi Ihimaera to Address ‘State of NZ Literature’ at Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival The New Zealand Book Council has chosen the 2015 Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival as the stage for its annual address, which ... More>>

Culture: Historic Māori Portraits Travel To The Czech Republic

Image credit: Gottfried Lindauer, Wahanui Reihana Te Huatare, oil on canvas, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915 More>>

Art: Something Felt, Something Shared - Enjoy

Gabrielle Amodeo, Ruby Joy Eade, Clare McLean, Kalya Ward Curated by Emma Ng May 7 – 30, 2015 Opening: Wednesday May 6, 5.30pm Strange frequencies are channelled through personal narratives and poetic placeholders in Something felt, something ... More>>

Culture: Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015

Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015 Images from New Zealand Defence Force Click for big version A bugler plays The Last Post Click for big version A View from the top of the Carillion Click for big version Faces old and young Click for big ... More>>

Television: MediaWorks Announces Dancing With The Stars Hosts

MediaWorks and BBC Worldwide ANZ are delighted to announce host Dominic Bowden alongside co-host Sharyn Casey for the hit series Dancing with the Stars. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news