This essay shall consider whether violation of human rights of Guantanamo Bay detainees is justifiable given the recent developments of terrorism after 9/11. By human rights, we shall consider these to be those under the most recent Geneva Convention; and abuse to mean mental and physical torture and actions which go against the will of the individual. It will be argued that human rights abuses on Guantanamo bay detainees should, for the most part, be disallowed because they undermine individuals’ liberty and welfare, along with the fact that this treatment is not resolving the war on terror despite sporadic developments.
It could be maintained that the violation of human rights for Guantanamo bay prisoners are acceptable because they can help reveal terrorist plots or identify dangerous and wanted suspects. This is true because many of the detainees in Guantanamo Bay are suspected of terrorist involvement, and such individuals have connections and knowledge that is desirable for U.S. intelligence to crack down on terror and prevent any future attacks. This is a particularly convincing argument, because ensuring the safety of citizens and public buildings through preventing terrorist attacks is important for ensuring their welfare and social stability.
However, I do not believe that such violations of Guantanamo Bay detainees human rights will achieve this aim of ensuring security. This is because, many individuals faithfully sworn to never give in and thus torture will be ineffective, and also the actual evidence for preventing terror through torture is minimal. Thus, supposing even that torture was acceptable – this still wouldn’t reveal significant information for preventing terrorism and thus we should not permit the violation of detainees’ human rights.
Furthermore, the welfare principle is useful in assessing this situation since torture can be extremely debilitating for the...