Lawful sanctions include judicially imposed sanctions and other enforcement actions authorized by law, including the death penalty, but do not include sanctions that defeat the object and purpose of the Convention Against Torture to prohibit torture.(iv) The threat that another person will imminently be subjected to death, severe physical pain or suffering, or the administration or application of mind altering substances or other procedures calculated to disrupt profoundly the sense or personality.Various legal systems and government agencies use different definitions.Moreover, governments have been reluctant to formulate an agreed upon and legally binding definition.
In the United States of America, for example, Terrorism is defined in Title 22 Chapter 38 U. Code § 2656f as "premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents." There are many reasons as to why there is no universal consensus regarding the definition of terrorism.(7) Acquiescence of a public official requires that the public official, prior to the activity constituting torture, have awareness of such activity and thereafter breach his or her legal responsibility to intervene to prevent such activity.of this chapter, except that the time and numerical limitations on motions to reopen shall not apply and the alien shall not be required to demonstrate that the evidence sought to be offered was unavailable and could not have been discovered or presented at the former hearing.Threats of violence, bullying, intimidation, or other disruptive behavior are unacceptable in the workplace at NIH and will be handled with administrative, disciplinary, and/or legal action, as appropriate.These definitions are provided for use in the context of this document and should not be construed as legal definitions.