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SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON TORTURE TO VISIT JORDAN



24 April 2006

Manfred Nowak, the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, made the following statement today:

The Special Rapporteur on torture will visit Jordan from 24 June to 1 July 2006, at the invitation of the Government.

In order to gather first-hand information, he will meet with Government officials, including in the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Interior and Justice, the judiciary, parliamentarians, the prosecution service, and representatives of non-governmental organizations, as well as international organizations. In addition, visits to detention facilities will be made.

Mr. Nowak was appointed Special Rapporteur on 1 December 2004. As Special Rapporteur, he is independent from any government and serves in his individual capacity. The Commission first decided to appoint a special rapporteur to examine questions relevant to torture in 1985. The mandate covers all countries, irrespective of whether or not a State has ratified the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

He has previously served as a member of the Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances; the UN expert on missing persons in the former Yugoslavia; the UN expert on legal questions on enforced disappearances; and as a judge at the Human Rights Chamber for Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is Professor of Constitutional Law and Human Rights at the University of Vienna, and Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights.

For further information on the mandate of the Special Rapporteur, please visit the website: http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/torture/rapporteur/index.htm