- Trump's views on waterboarding cause stir
- US President at odds with cabinet over matter
(CNN)US President Donald Trump ignited a row over the use of waterboarding Wednesday after claiming intelligence professionals told him it "absolutely works."
What did Trump say?
Does torture work?
According to the United Nations Convention against Torture, the term "torture" is defined as follows.
"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. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions."
According to Amnesty International, 156 countries have signed the UN Convention against Torture.