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When is torture legal?

Dr. Bhogendra Sharma, president of the Centre for Victims of Torture, stands outside the group’s office in Katmandu, Nepal, in 2006. Groups like this one believe that freedom from torture is a human right.

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By Josh Clark

Seated across from you in a darkened room is a man tied to a chair. The hum of dim fluorescent lights rings in your ears. The thick concrete walls that surround you won’t let in any sound — or let any out. Outside, two guards look the other way. You know that this man has information on a plot to kill innocent civilians. You’ve asked him repeatedly to tell you what he knows. How many lives could be saved if he gives you the information? Hundreds? Thousands? Continue reading