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COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE

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Kyrgyzstan establishes a new system to prevent torture

Kyrgyzstan establishes a new system to prevent torture

Following alarming reports of torture in places of detention after the ethnic conflict in 2010, Kyrgyzstan is the first country in Central Asia to adopt a National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) law, which establishes a National Centre as an independent body to monitor places of detention.
Closing the circle for victims of torture

Closing the circle for victims of torture

The UN Committee against Torture calls for an end to amnesties for the perpetrators of torture and ill-treatment.
Mechanisms to prevent torture in South America: the way forward for Chile

Mechanisms to prevent torture in South America: the way forward for Chile

Human rights experts from the Americas discuss the establishment and role of national mechanisms to prevent torture in detention.
Immediate action needed to address conditions of detention in Latin America

Immediate action needed to address conditions of detention in Latin America

The UN Human Rights office calls for action by all States to meet agreed international minimum standards for human treatment and adequate conditions of detention.
The power of art therapy for torture survivors

The power of art therapy for torture survivors

Torture “leaves scars on people, communities and entire societies that can be very difficult to heal,” says UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay.
UN helps torture victims rebuild their lives

UN helps torture victims rebuild their lives

Torture survivors rebuild their lives at VIVRE CAPREC, a rehabilitation centre funded by the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture.
1st UN Human Rights Chief visit to Iceland

1st UN Human Rights Chief visit to Iceland

The UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay congratulates Iceland on its continuing interest in advancing human rights both at home and internationally
Vanuatu takes the lead

Vanuatu takes the lead

Vanuatu is set to become the first Pacific Island nation to ratify the Convention against Torture.
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