Torture Prevention

International Action against Torture during April 2019

The United Nations mechanisms and the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) took a number of measures against torture. This includes consideration of the periodic reports by the UN Committee Against Torture, country visit of the UN Sub-Committee Against Torture, interventions of the UN […]

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International Action Against Torture During March 2019

UN Human Rights Committee urged Viet Nam to end torture and ill-treatment On 11-12 March 2019, the UN Human Rights Committee, which monitors the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, considered the third report of Viet Nam at its 3580th and 3581st meetings, and on 25 March 2019 during its 3599th […]

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International Action Against Torture During February 2019

37th Session of SPT held:  The UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (SPT) held its 37th Session in Geneva, Switzerland from 18 February to 22 February 2019. The SPT session information is confidential, but the SPT publishes annual reports on its activities. Its sessions generally […]

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International Action Against Torture During January 2019

UN torture prevention body to visit Switzerland: The United Nations Sub-Committee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) undertook its first visit to Switzerland from 28 January through 7 February to evaluate the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty as well as the guarantees in place protecting them against torture and ill-treatment.[1] Switzerland had ratified […]

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India: Judiciary’s action against torture during April 2019

The Judiciary in India regularly adjudicates cases of illegal, unjustified and unwarranted arrests, extracting confession from innocent persons for offences which they have never committed, by way of custodial violence, which often results in death. Some of the emblematic cases of judicial action during April 2019 are given below: Case 1: Rajasthan High Court directs […]

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India: Interventions by NHRIs against torture during April 2019

The National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) of India i.e. National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the State Human Rights Commissions (SHRCs) are mandated to address human rights violations and continue to intervene in cases of torture. As per latest data available, the National Human Rights Commission registered a total of 5,722 fresh cases, including 12 […]

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India: Judiciary’s action against torture during March 2019

The judiciary regularly adjudicates cases of illegal, unjustified and unwarranted arrests, extracting confession from innocent persons for offences which they have never committed, by way of custodial violence. The emblematic cases are given below. Case 1: Delhi court sentenced five Uttar Pradesh police personnel to 10 years imprisonment for custodial death On 20 March 2019, […]

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Briefing: Interventions by India’s NHRIs during March 2019

The National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) of India i.e. National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the State Human Rights Commissions (SHRCs) are mandated to address human rights violations and continue to intervene in cases of torture. As per the latest data available, the National Human Rights Commission registered a total of 7,169 fresh cases, including […]

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The State of Torture in Telangana

Telangana is once again in the news on unabated extrajudicial executions in the State. On 6 December 2019, the four accused in the horrific gang-rape and murder of a veterinary doctor at Chatanpally in Hyderabad were shot dead by the police in an alleged encounter. The accused were in judicial custody and were taken to […]

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The State of Torture in Manipur

This briefing paper examines the state of torture and impunity provided by the State of Manipur. On 18 December 2018, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) wrote a letter to the Chief Secretary of Manipur stating that despite repeated requests, sanction of prosecution in seven cases of extrajudicial executions by the security forces had not […]