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1 ATTITUDES TO TORTURE

2 A GLOBAL SURVEY OF MORE THAN 21,000 PEOPLE IN 21 COUNTRIES ACROSS EVERY CONTINENT REVEALS: Nearly half (44%) of respondents fear torture if taken into custody. The vast majority (82%) believe there should be clear laws against torture. Over a third (36%) believe that torture can be justified in some cases to protect the public. GLOBAL SURVEY A total of 21,221 citizens across 21 countries were interviewed face-to-face or by telephone between December 2013 and April Respondents were asked if they strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree with each of the following statements: 1) If I were taken into custody by the authorities in my country, I am confident that I would be safe. 2) Clear rules against torture are crucial because any use of torture is immoral and will weaken international human rights. 3) Torture is sometimes necessary and acceptable to gain information that may protect the public. Countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, the UK, and the USA. The survey was conducted for Amnesty International by the global research consultancy GlobeScan and its research partners in each country. Percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole per cent and as such the displayed figures in charts may not always add up to 100%.

3 1. IF I WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY BY THE AUTHORITIES IN MY COUNTRY, I AM CONFIDENT THAT I WOULD BE SAFE FROM TORTURE 44% DIS 23% 24% 20% 7% DIS DIS UNABLE TO ANSWER THE QUESTION More than four in ten people do not feel safe from torture if taken into custody. Fear of torture is highest in Brazil and Mexico, with the majority not confident that they would be safe if taken into custody. Fear of torture is lowest in the UK, Australia and Canada, with over three quarters confident they would be safe from torture if taken into custody. / DIS / UNABLE TO ANSWER THE QUESTION Brazil 80% Mexico 64% Turkey 58% Pakistan 58% Kenya 58% Greece 57% Indonesia 54% 18% 21% 36% 39% 40% S. Korea 54% Peru 54% Nigeria 50% Argentina 49% Russia 48% Spain 45% India 38% 35% 49% 39% 47% 55% USA 32% Chile 30% Germany 30% China Canada 21% Australia UK 15% 66% 45% 66% 72% 77% 83% 83% There are wide variations in perceptions of safety globally.

4 2. CLEAR RULES AGAINST TORTURE ARE CRUCIAL BECAUSE ANY USE OF TORTURE IS IMMORAL AND WILL WEAKEN INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS 82% 57% 9% 6% 4% DIS DIS UNABLE TO ANSWER THE QUESTION Public opinion globally is in favour of international rules against torture. Support for international rules against torture is weakest in Argentina, India, Mexico, Nigeria and Peru less than three quarters of people agree that international rules are necessary. Support for international rules against torture is strongest in Greece, Germany, Spain, the UK, Australia, Canada, South Korea and Chile. / / DIS UNABLE TO ANSWER THE QUESTION S. Korea 89% Greece 89% Canada 88% China 87% Australia 87% Spain 86% UK 86% 7% 10% 10% 11% 12% 11% 13% Indonesia 86% Chile 84% Turkey 84% Kenya 83% Brazil 83% Russia 82% Germany 82% 11% 12% 13% 13% Pakistan 81% USA 77% Mexico Nigeria India 73% Argentina 72% Peru 71% 17% 20% 18% 18% 20% Overall, a majority in all countries supports rules against torture.

5 3. TORTURE IS SOMETIMES NECESSARY AND ACCEPTABLE TO GAIN INFORMATION THAT MAY PROTECT THE PUBLIC 36% 12% 24% 21% 39% 3% DIS DIS UNABLE TO ANSWER THE QUESTION Over a third believe that torture can be justified in some cases to protect the public. A majority of people surveyed in China and India feel that torture can sometimes be justified. Greece, Argentina, Spain, Germany, Brazil and Chile most strongly feel that torture cannot be justified even to protect the public. / / DIS UNABLE TO ANSWER THE QUESTION China India Kenya 66% Nigeria 64% Pakistan 56% Indonesia 50% USA 45% 33% 42% 46% 53% Peru 40% Turkey 32% Mexico 29% UK 29% S. Korea 27% Russia Canada 55% 65% 67% 70% 71% 66% Australia 21% Brazil 19% Germany 19% Chile 18% Spain 17% Argentina 15% Greece 12% 78% 80% 78% 77% 81% 76% 87% Global opinion is more divided on the use of torture to gain information.

6 SUPPORT FOR RULES AGAINST TORTURE VS. JUSTIFICATION 80% 76% 72% Greece Australia Canada Germany 5% 5% 8% 6% 71% 70% 69% 69% Spain UK S. Korea Chile 5% 8% 7% 7% 64% 58% 57% 56% Brazil USA Kenya Russia 4% 14% 36% 6%

7 53% 51% 49% 47% Pakistan Argentina India Indonesia 3% 15% 43% 41% 38% 33% Peru Nigeria Turkey China 13% 31% 5% 31% 27% Mexico 10% WITH STATEMENT 1: Clear rules against torture are needed because any use of torture is immoral and will weaken international human rights WITH STATEMENT 2: Torture is sometimes necessary and acceptable to gain information that may protect the public

8 GLOBESCAN GlobeScan is a research consultancy providing global organizations with evidence-based insights to help them set strategy and shape their communications. Companies, multilateral institutions, governments and NGOs trust GlobeScan for our unique expertise across reputation management, sustainability and stakeholder relations. GlobeScan conducts research in over 90 countries and is a signatory to the UN Global Compact. Established in 1987, GlobeScan is an independent, management-owned company with offices in Toronto, London and San Francisco. For more information, please visit AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL Amnesty international is a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in more than 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights. Our vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the universal declaration of Human rights and other international human rights standards. We are independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion and are funded mainly by our membership and public donations. amnesty.org Index: ACT 40/005/2014 English, May 2014 Amnesty International 2014 Amnesty International Ltd Peter Benenson House 1 Easton Street London WC1X 0DW United Kingdom

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