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Name: Amber Krutak and Kristi Nordlund School: Wharton High School Committee: Commission on Human Rights Topic: Torture Torture is an evil and inhumane conflict that plagues the world in which we live today. Many third-world countries are faced with this dilemma on a grand scale. We the people of Sudan unfortunately join these nations in their struggle to combat these horrible occurrences. Our nation experiences the complications of torture, however, torture in most regions has decreased over the years. Our concern is mainly for the Darfur region. Though torture has decreased overall, Darfur’s number of victims increases dramatically as time goes on. Our nation has given much effort to resolving this problem. We are supporting the Sudan Organization Against Torture (SOAT) along with the United Kingdom. With this program, we have been providing torture victims with medical treatment, rehabilitation, legal aid, programs for women and children, and programs allowing freedom of expression. The nation of Sudan recognizes that many militias are trained for months on how to torture a human being, and that most torture takes place in detention centers, prisons, security centers, and Ghost Houses. The nation of Sudan also recognizes that the definition of torture, defined by the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, is "an act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person", for a purpose such as obtaining information or a confession, punishment, intimidation or coercion, "or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind. However, the nation of Sudan believes that this definition needs to be reviewed and made more specific. Many perpetrators of torture are never legally held responsible for their actions because of this vague definition. The quandary of torture is an important issue that needs to be addressed and managed before this problem is out of reach from even the fixing of the United Nations.

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