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Liberal Democracies and the Torture of Their Citizens

By: Cynthia Banham
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Published: 09-02-2017
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Edition: 1st
Extent: 272
ISBN: 9781509906826
Imprint: Hart Publishing
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About Liberal Democracies and the Torture of Their Citizens

This book analyses and compares how the USA's liberal allies responded to the use of torture against their citizens after 9/11. Did they resist, tolerate or support the Bush Administration's policies concerning the mistreatment of detainees when their own citizens were implicated and what were the reasons for their actions? Australia, the UK and Canada are liberal democracies sharing similar political cultures, values and alliances with America; yet they behaved differently when their citizens, caught up in the War on Terror, were tortured. How states responded to citizens' human rights claims and predicaments was shaped, in part, by demands for accountability placed on the executive government by domestic actors. This book argues that civil society actors, in particular, were influenced by nuanced differences in their national political and legal contexts that enabled or constrained human rights activism. It maps the conditions under which individuals and groups were more or less likely to become engaged when fellow citizens were tortured, focusing on national rights culture, the domestic legal and political human rights framework, and political opportunities.

Table Of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Torture and Liberal Democracies
3. Enabling and Constraining Activism
4. America's Use of Torture After 9/11
5. Australia
6. The United Kingdom
7. Canada
8. Conclusion


Liberal Democracies and the Torture of Their Citizens is thorough, well-researched, and presents its conclusions in a clear and even-handed fashion...Banham details some of the ways in which human rights depend on engaged political action, and she also makes plain that broad-based, non-parochial activism holds the greatest promise for a robust culture of human rights.” –  John T Parry, Lewis & Clark Law School, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books

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