First published in 1998, this book seeks to consider the application of international human rights standards to situations where children are at risk of torture and other forms of ill-treatment. Each of the contributors authoritatively examines torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment from the perspective of their own discipline and experience. In exploring the issues, Childhood Abused, also helps to raise their profile, as invisibility, ignorance and secrecy contribute to the continuation of such practices. The subject is harrowing and complex, Childhood Abused, needs to be read so that we are better able to prevent and protect children against such abhorrent and prohibited forms of ill-treatment.
Table of Contents
1. Shame and Physical Pain: Cultural Relativity, Children , Torture and Punishment, Judith Ennew. 2. The Ill-Treatment of Children – Some Developmental Considerations, Martin Richards. 3. Activism, Politics and the Punishment of Children, Pamela Reynolds. 4. Opening Pandora’s Box – Protecting Children Against Torture, Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment, Geraldine Van Buren. 5. International Conventions Against Torture and on the Rights of the Child – The Work of Two United Nations Committees, Brent Sorensen. 6. Torture of the Girl-Child, Christine Chinkin. 7. The Violation of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as Torture or Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, Jeremy McBridge. 8. Are the Rights of Refugee Children Protected Adequately Against Torture? Louise Williamson. 9. A Non-Governmental Organization Perspective of the United Nations’ Approach to Children and Torture, Eric Sottas. 10. Can Medicine be Torture? The Case of Children, Len Doyal. 11. Children in Reintegration, Gisela Perren – Klingler. 12. Children Exposed to War, Torture and Other Organized Violence – Developmental Consequences, Edith Montgomery. 13. The Effects on Children of Witnessing Violence Perpetrated against their Parents or Siblings, Dora Black and Martin Newman. 14. The Torture of Children: Assessing Torture and Devising, Lois Whitman.
’...encouraging to see this effort to deal with the issue in a professional and thorough manner...commendable in having been able to collect a comprehensive array of articles from an impressive panel of writers...clearly written by experts in their field, they convey their material in an easily readable manner...this is an important book...’ Torture ’...this is a multi-disciplinary collection and covers a wide range of material...a specialist work, but many general implications can be drawn from the content and from the reflections of the writers.’ International Social Work