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Islam: Torture

     Marga Jann rejects the rosy picture of Islamic countries:
     The fact is that a lot of people are being tortured in many Islamic nations, and the world isn't doing much about it. Recognition of the problem is part of the solution; action is another part. What can we (many of us Stanford folk) do about the problem other than publicize and discuss it? This is the point.
     My comment: It is hard to get a country to change, as is evident in the U.S. refusal to do away with capital punishment. Head-on attacks and ridicule tend to be counterproductive. A constant campaign of criticism would have some effect. Economic sanctions would help, but few countries would adopt them. Above all, we must hope that the new generation has a better concept of human rights.

Ronald Hilton - 11/1/99