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Opinions on the use of torture on captured enemy combatants in war worldwide, 2016

This statistic shows the share of people from 16 countries worldwide who believed that captured enemy combatants can be tortured to obtain important information in 2016. In 2016, 48 percent of those surveyed believed that such captured enemies could not be tortured.

Can a captured enemy combatant be tortured to obtain important military information?

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Release date

December 2016



Survey time period

June to September 2016

Age group


Supplementary notes

The 16 countries included in the survey were: Afghanistan, China, Colombia, France, Iraq, Israel, Nigeria, Palestine, Russia, South Sudan, Switzerland, Syria (Syrians in Lebanon), Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Yemen. Survey sizes varied by country from 800-5000 people.

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