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Special Rapporteur on torture
31 October 2023
At the invitation of the Government of Ukraine, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Dr. Alice Jill Edwards, is scheduled to conduct an official country visit to Ukraine from 4 to 15 September 2023.
The main focus on the Special Rapporteur’s country-visit will primarily include:
The Special Rapporteur will start her visit in Kyiv. She also intends to travel to other locations. During the visit, she will hold meetings with representatives of the Government, international organizations, including entities of the United Nations, civil society, non-governmental organizations, victims and their families.
At the end of the mission, the Special Rapporteur will debrief the Government on her preliminary findings and, in line with the established practice, she will also hold a press conference to share those preliminary findings with the broader public. Additional information on the time and the venue of the press conference will be shared in the coming weeks.
The expert will present a report on the country visit to the UN Human Rights Council’s in March 2024.
In preparation of the country visit, the Special Rapporteur would be grateful to receive relevant information from all interested stakeholders on issues related to the absolute prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment within the current context in Ukraine, and specifically on the country’s a) duty to investigate allegations of and prosecute cases of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; and b) the obligations in relation to the treatment of prisoners of war.
Inputs should be sent by e-mail. They must be received by 31 October 2023.
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Input for SRT’s country visit to Ukraine
All inputs will be treated confidentially by the Special Rapporteur and for the purpose of preparing the county visit and/or the report to the Human Rights Council. The Special Rapporteur greatly appreciates the effort that goes into making such contributions and looks forward to reading the submissions.