Degrading Punishments

Degrading Punishments

 

in exploitative states, punishments whose aim is to publicly humiliate and degrade the convicted person. They were first used in ancient slave societies and were common in the feudal period. Convicted persons were led around in a fool’s costume, smeared with tar, had yokes put around their necks, and were placed in pillories. Bourgeois criminal law retained such punishments, primarily for persons persecuted for their political convictions. The French criminal code of 1810 provided for such punishments as the yoke (abolished in 1832) and the pillory (abolished in 1848).

In Russia in 1864 the tsarist government subjected N. G. Chernyshevsky to the public ceremony of “civil execution.” After he was placed in a pillory, a sword was broken over his head and a board with the inscription “state criminal” was hung around his neck. Such punishments were abolished in Russia in 1880. They are still used in some capitalist countries that pursue policies of racial discrimination and apartheid.

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Such abuse includes children being subjected to ongoing humiliation and degrading punishments, and being scapegoated and ostracised by their parents, who should be their primary source of affection and support.
Amputation penalties contravene the absolute prohibition on torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading punishments under international law, and underscore the urgent need to reform Sudanese law in line with Sudan's international human rights commitments", ACJPS said in a statement on Friday.
Cruel, inhuman and degrading punishments, particularly flogging, continued to be imposed and carried out.
It condemned subjecting the Palestinian prisoners to torture and other degrading punishments, such as solitary confinement, strip searches, denial of family visits and its escalated suppressive measures against prisoners.
Fehmida Mirza said that women throughout the globe are subject to torture, cruel, inhumane or degrading punishments and violence.
Lindsay Lohan sent out a stream of messages on her Twitter account earlier this week citing articles in the United Nations Human Rights declaration regarding torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading punishments.
Sarcasm, degrading punishments and ignoring a child are also forms of emotional abuse and undermine a child's confidence and sense of self-worth.
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Corrections professionals should not, under any circumstance, take part in administering cruel, inhumane or degrading punishments (18), particularly using inmates for experimental research.
Some of the brutal and degrading punishments they meted out are too disgusting to be described in a family newspaper.
According to Amnesty International's reports on the United Arab Emirates, "Cruel, inhuman, or degrading punishments, including flogging and amputation, were repeatedly imposed" in 1999.
Like most others who ponder the limits to legal punishment, I think that we should resist the impulse to inflict inhumane or degrading punishments on the worst offenders.