Donald Trump should realise waterboarding doesn't work, says Amnesty International UK

'There's no evidence that torture works and governments should adhere to humane standards', says Amnesty International UK

Donald Trump has claimed waterboarding works

Thursday, January 26, 2017

There is no evidence that torture works and governments should adhere to humane standards, says Amnesty International UK.

The human rights group spoke to talkRADIO after Donald Trump said he believes waterboarding works, despite its being considered a form of torture. However, he did add that he would consult defence secretary James Mattis and CIA director Mike Pompeo on the matter. 

Amnesty's UK director Kate Allen told Julia Hartley-Brewer that it's "shocking" to hear Trump talking about torture. 

When Governments use torture, Allen said, their "ability to fight for a better world is absolutely drastically undermined". In fact such brutal interrogation techniques offer "succour to every government with lower standards, or every torturer." 

She added that there is no evidence that terror attacks stop or lives are saved through torture. "When people are tortured they will tell and say anything, they will say what their torturer wants to hear."

Listen to the full interview above