prevention of torture

UN experts urge Afghanistan’s new rulers to prohibit torture ‘in any circumstances’

Experts serving on a UN human rights treaty body called on Thursday for the new Taliban-led authorities of Afghanistan to uphold “the international obligations of the State”, particularly in complying with all provisions of the Convention against Torture, outlawing the practice “in any circumstances”.

Iraq: Put torture prevention laws into practice, urges Bachelet

 Although laws in Iraq criminalize torture and set out procedural safeguards to prevent it, a new report released on Tuesday by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) and UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), makes clear that the practice continues in jails throughout the country. 

News in Brief 17 May 2019

  • Condemnation as deadly Yemen airstrikes claim children’s lives in capital Sana’a
  • Justice for LGBTI people is still far from guaranteed, says UN on International day
  • UK’s forced returns policy highlighted by UN anti-torture panel
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Torture is unacceptable and unjustified ‘at all times’ underscore top UN officials

Torture in any form, is absolutely unacceptable and can never be justified, top United Nations officials said on Tuesday, urging great support for victims worldwide.

Move to block torture tools could be 'step forward in civilization'

An initiative to end the trade in lethal drugs and other tools used for capital punishment or torture has been hailed by a senior UN official as a potential “step forward in civilization.”

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