Interrogating torture


Human Rights Human Wrongs 2015

fredag 13. februar 2015, kl. 19:00

Sal: Wergeland

Arrangør: Human Rights Human Wrongs 2015

Inngang: Gratis

Research conducted over the past decades informs us that there is no empirical evidence to support the claim that torture yields useful information. Interestingly, research also tells us that the general public seems to be more supportive of torture than members of the armed forces. Not only is torture a blatant human rights violation, it is also ineffective in terms of enhancing our security. Torture has produced countless victims across the world. Their testimonies of the cruel, degrading, and inhumane treatment they have been subjected to continue to shock the general public.

Hearts and minds: The interrogations project  is a virtual reality 3D artwork based on interviews of American soldiers, conducted by Dr. John Tsukayama. It addresses a complex contemporary problem: As American soldiers are returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it has become clear that some participated in interrogation practices and acts of abusive violence with detainees for which they were not properly trained or psychologically prepared. This has in turn left many soldiers dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on their return home, and many unresolved questions. This 45 minutes performance of the interactive artwork will be followed by a panel debate focusing on torture, interrogation methods, and PTSD experienced by soldiers who have participated in such acts, as well on processes of adaptation and interdisciplinary collaboration involved in the project. We will also outline alternative interrogation methods that do not lead to violations of human rights.

The panel brings together members of the team behind Hearts and Minds projects and representatives from The Norwegian Centre for Human Rights and interrogation experts from the Norwegian police, who collaborate on projects to prevent torture, false confessions, and errors of justice in Indonesia and Vietnam. The panel promises an enlightened discussion on a controversial topic from the viewpoint of practitioners, researchers and the arts.

Roderick Coover,
Filmmaker & Director of the Graduate Program in Film and Media Arts, Temple University

Jeffrey Murer,
Research Fellow University of St. Andrews, Scotland

Asbjørn Rachlew,
Superintendent, Norwegian Police

Scott Rettberg,
Professor of Digital Culture, University of Bergen

John Tsukayama,
Special Instructor, Brigham Young University, Hawaii, on Skype from Hawaii

Gisle Kvanvig, Vietnam Programme, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights

Human Rights Human Wrongs is Oslo’s one and only documentary film festival that dedicates its entire program to shed light on current human rights
situations. The festival features more than 20 documentaries, which form the basis for debates and cultural performances. Through six days in February we present new and inspiring Norwegian and international documentaries in combination with debates, concerts, seminars, workshops and other performances in Oslo.

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