A deserted cell in the public section of Aden Central Prison in Aden, Yemen. A separate wing is run by Yemeni allies of the United Arab Emirates, part of a network of secret prisons in southern Yemen into which hundreds of people have disappeared after being detained in the hunt for al-Qaeda militants over the past year. Former detainees say torture and abuse are widespread. Photo: AP

There can be no justification for using torture in the fight against terrorism

Piya Muqit says our need to feel safe may lead some to overlook the costs of such a crime against humanity, but the practice of torture is ultimately ineffective and brings only a false sense of security

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A deserted cell in the public section of Aden Central Prison in Aden, Yemen. A separate wing is run by Yemeni allies of the United Arab Emirates, part of a network of secret prisons in southern Yemen into which hundreds of people have disappeared after being detained in the hunt for al-Qaeda militants over the past year. Former detainees say torture and abuse are widespread. Photo: AP
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