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Definition of abuse

Take a man and crush his legs in iron stocks until he is giddy with pain. Drug him so that he can be confused and unsure of his words and thoughts. Force him to stand before an accuser and tell him that incorrect answers will cause him to be punished. Supply an accuser who is experienced in trickery and misdirection. Do it repeatedly over the next year and a half. Not just a week but over a year. Build the mental distress continually. There is a situation that looks a lot like like cold-war physical and mental abuse and torture.

Take a disabled man who lives in constant pain from an accident that crushed his legs and makes him fight to stay balanced. Force him to stand before a magistrate for up to four hours in one session alone. Supply witnesses and a prosecutor who will do everything they can to mislead him. Tell him that he will be punished if he does not get it right and ignore the mental illness, brain damage and medication that can make him confused and child-like.

United Nations CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
Article 1, Part 1.
For the purposes of this Convention, 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. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions.

So, let us look into the term “DISCRIMINATION” particularly discrimination against the disabled
as covered under

Disability Discrimination Act; Indirect Discrimination,

(1)  For the purposes of this Act, a person (the discriminator ) discriminates against another person (the aggrieved person ) on the ground of a disability of the aggrieved person if:

                     (a)  the discriminator requires, or proposes to require, the aggrieved person to comply with a requirement or condition; and

                     (b)  because of the disability, the aggrieved person does not or would not comply, or is not able or would not be able to comply, with the requirement or condition; and

                     (c)  the requirement or condition has, or is likely to have, the effect of disadvantaging persons with the disability.

             (2)  For the purposes of this Act, a person (the discriminator ) also discriminates against another person (the aggrieved person ) on the ground of a disability of the aggrieved person if:

                     (a)  the discriminator requires, or proposes to require, the aggrieved person to comply with a requirement or condition; and

                     (b)  because of the disability, the aggrieved person would comply, or would be able to comply, with the requirement or condition only if the discriminator made reasonable adjustments for the person, but the discriminator does not do so or proposes not to do so; and

                     (c)  the failure to make reasonable adjustments has, or is likely to have, the effect of disadvantaging persons with the disability.

I have heard the term “the law doesn’t recognise that.” “or that is not the way the law works.” “no Judge considers that relevant” quite a lot over the last year and a half.

It is just a thought bubble. There is an American one against physical abuse that is even more damning.

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