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Torture spreading as 'glorified' by television: Amnesty International

Published on May 13, 2014 8:11 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Torture is rampant across the world and has become almost normalised by the "war on terror" and its glamorous portrayal in shows such as 24 and Homeland, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

The London-based human rights group is launching a new campaign aimed at ending torture, which it says remains widespread even 30 years after a blanket prohibition was agreed by the United Nations.

In the past five years, Amnesty says it has recorded incidents in 141 countries, including 79 of the 155 signatories to the 1984 UN Convention against Torture.

The global survey of 21,000 people in 21 countries also revealed a widespread dread of the practise, with 44 per cent saying they feared being abused if they were taken into custody.

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