The worst scars are in the mind: psychological torture

  title={The worst scars are in the mind: psychological torture},
  author={Hern{\'a}n Reyes},
  journal={International Review of the Red Cross},
  pages={591 - 617}
  • H. Reyes
  • Published 1 September 2007
  • Psychology
  • International Review of the Red Cross
Abstract Torture during interrogation often includes methods that do not physically assault the body or cause actual physical pain and yet entail severe psychological pain and suffering and profoundly disrupt the senses and personality. Solitary confinement and prolonged sleep deprivation are just two examples of these psychological torture methods. Even psychological methods which do not amount to ill-treatment when considered in isolation, amount to inhuman or degrading treatment or torture… 
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note 6 of Judgment
    being kept in a ''bug-infested'' cell was actually a boon for at least one of the Tupamaro leaders. The cockroaches, he said, at least gave him some sense of
      Leave No Marks, op. cit. note 51
        The real victims of sleep deprivation'', BBC News Online Magazine, Thursday
          above note 17; see also ''Consideration of reports submitted by States Parties under Article 19 of the Convention, Concluding observations, Israel'', Committee against Torture
            Substantive'' sections of the CPT's General Reports
              Leave No Marks, above note 51