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Hidden scandal, secret shame: Torture and ill-treatment of children

, Index number: ACT 40/038/2000

This report, produced as part of Amnesty international's "Take a step to to stamp out Torture" campaign focueses on the plight of children the world over who are are subjected to torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. Some are the accidental victims of the carnage of war; some have been deliberately targeted by armed forces; some have themselves been forced to take up arms, and to carry out acts of torture. Children are tortured for political activism or alleged criminality, or simply because they are socially marginal; they are targeted because of their identity as well as their beliefs. The report ends with a series of recommendations that have been drafted with a view towards providing practical steps aimed at ending the torture of children.

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