torture

Countries lack commitment to banning torture, rights expert charges

Governments have demonstrated a lack of credible commitment to banning torture and other cruel treatment, according to an independent expert mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor the issue globally. 

Afghanistan: Detainee torture allegations remain ‘alarming’, UN report reveals

Torture claims among people detained for security or terrorism-related offences in Afghanistan remain high, according to a new UN human rights report published on Wednesday. 

Rape is wrong but death penalty, castration, not the answer: UN rights chief

While perpetrators of rape and other forms of sexual violence must be held accountable, capital punishment and torture are not the answer, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Thursday. 

Venezuela: ‘Shocked’ by alleged torture, death of navy captain, UN human rights chief urges ‘in-depth’ investigation

The UN human rights chief has expressed her deep concern over the alleged torture and subsequent death of a retired navy captain who had been imprisoned in Venezuela, urging authorities to conduct a prompt, thorough, independent, and transparent investigation into his death.

Vile act of torture prohibited ‘under all circumstances’, UN chief affirms on International Day to support victims

While the prohibition of torture is “absolute, under all circumstances”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres bemoaned the fact that “this core principle is undermined every day” - in detention centres, prisons, police stations, psychiatric institutions and other places where captor can prey on captive.

Progress against torture in Afghan detention centres, but Government needs to do more, says UN report

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. 

Torture and abuse may be banned, but eradication a long way off – UN rights expert

“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 Melzer told the United Nations General Assembly this week. Professor Melzer spoke with UN News's Lidiya Loukinykh.

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'I wouldn’t be here without UN fund for torture victims'

A Liberian journalist and human rights campaigner who endured months of torture during his country’s civil war says a UN fund for torture victims helps survivors “feel human again.”

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UN Committee against Torture issues new guidelines on asylum seekers’ rights

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.

 

Horrors of sexual violence against Syrian boys and men revealed

Disturbing details have emerged of a little-known side to the Syrian conflict: sexual violence against boys and men.

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