Statement on Torture


The International Psychoanalytical Association joins with other mental health and medical professional organizations in strongly condemning the use of torture.  As an organization of psychoanalysts who have devoted their lives to helping people undo the effects of trauma in their lives, we strongly protest against any use of torture, particularly that directly or indirectly administered or sanctioned by governments or any public bodies.  Torture degrades those tortured and those torturing.  The effects of that physical and moral degradation are, we know, transmitted to the families and offspring of both victims and perpetrators.

We also strongly condemn the participation or oversight by any mental health or medical personnel in any and all aspects of torture.  Such actions are contrary to the basic ethical principles fundamental to the caring professions.


Change Log

Approved by the Board July 2007


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