Torture is likely still widespread in Afghanistan’s State-run prisons for detainees linked to ongoing conflict there, the UN said on Wednesday, while also noting an “encouraging reduction” in the level of abuse since 2016.
“The world is still plagued by torture” and there is an increasing acceptance of the idea” that such an “abhorrent practice should be permissible in certain circumstances, or against certain groups”. That is what UN Special Rapporteur on torture Professor Nils Melzertold the United Nations General Assembly this week. Professor Melzer spoke with UN News's Lidiya Loukinykh.
New guidelines developed by the United Nations Committee against Torture aim to help Governments avoid violating international human rights law, and to help asylum seekers avoid torture or other ill-treatment.
The torture and ill-treatment of persons suspected of crimes is not only “deeply wrong” but, from an interrogator's perspective, also counterproductive, the United Nations human rights chief said today at an event held in New York.