Attitudes to torture: Stop Torture global survey

23 May 2014

Summary: This survey of more than 21,000 people in 21 countries across every continent reveals that nearly half of respondents fear torture if taken into custody. The findings detailed in this document also show, for example, that the vast majority of respondents believe there should be clear laws against torture.

The survey was conducted for Amnesty International by the global research consultancy GlobeScan and its research partners in each country.

A total of 21,221 citizens across 21 countries were interviewed face-to-face or by telephone between December 2013 and April 2014.

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.

This document is also available in:

French: PDF (4)

Arabic: PDF (4)

Spanish: PDF (3)


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