Belgium: Definition of International Torture (6th Committee-Legal)
We are well into the twentieth-century and the world has become more globally connected. Information follows so fast at the tips of our fingers. With this great flood of information there is a great demand on governments to protect themselves. But there is pressure building on governments of free people to keep their responsibility and not obtain information through any means necessary. The Belgian government and the delegates here today stand against torture and the immoral countries and terror groups which choose to enact inhumane treatment of individuals.
Belgium is a country that has repeatedly voted in favor of anti-torture motions. The fact that this government does not inflict mental and physically abuse to safeguard their influence while keeping their citizens safe and free, speaks volumes. Most recently we have thwarted ISIS attacks on our country. With many groups like this, using tactics such a public beheadings, torture and lies we, the representatives of Belgium, cannot stress the importance of sticking together and not cowering.
Belgium and it representatives believe that to stop and reverse the expansion of torture we need the United Nations to address the issue head-on, denouncing the countries and their governments which support and carry out these heinous acts. Drawing up special reports and investigating on all countries which have been suspected of carrying out acts of torture. We finally believe that civil society shall meet together to vote on ways to ratify international resources on training, education, and changing countries which inflect these inhumanities.1 Today the freedom and beliefs that Belgium stands for are under attack by groups who wish to inflict terror on people. The threat these groups make are real. Their plans and hatred are even more realistic. As countries who are here to serve the people, it is our responsibility as united nations that we stand together. We represent altruism, all that is right with humanity, freedom, and give voices to the voiceless. With this comes the great responsibility of the protection and defense of everyone's basic human rights. This special delegation meeting has been called to debate the definition of international torture which today the representatives of Belgium fully back “torture means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity.2” By these means any government that does not give the rights a basic human being deserves, is a country against the rights of humanity and does not stand united with these united nations, but against. So we offer this proposition to the international community and collective countries of the world; you are either with us or against us and we shall stand together until every human in every corner of this world and under every form of government does, not have to live with peril of torture. We shall withstand the terror groups and governments of today and their threats, whose target is and only purpose is to hurt the innocent and good people of these nations.
1 "Torture and Other Practices." - Policy. Kingdom of Belgium: Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, n.d. Web. 02 Mar. 2015.