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International law prohibits torture at all times and in all places, even in situations of armed conflict or public emergency. There are no exceptions. States have made unprecedented efforts towards establishing frameworks for implementing the prohibition of torture. Yet, today torture and ill-treatment are far from being eradicated, and continue to be practiced with impunity throughout the world. Torture victims or their relatives hardly ever receive the redress, reparation and rehabilitation they are entitled to under international law.
The eradication of torture worldwide was one of the major commitments taken up by the United Nations only a few years after its establishment. UN Human Rights takes part in this commitment by supporting the work of the Special Rapporteur on torture, the Committee against Torture, and the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture. We also support the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, which assists victims of torture and their family members to rebuild their lives.
To mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the UN Anti-Torture mechanisms hosted a public webinar and issued a joint statement on the heightened risk of ill-treatment and torture worldwide due to COVID-19.
This document outlines the legal standards of non-refoulement, which is a principle of international law that forbids returning asylum seekers to a country in which they would be in likely danger of persecution, including torture.
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This manual provides international guidelines for the assessment of persons who allege torture and ill-treatment, for investigating cases of alleged torture, and for reporting findings to the judiciary or any other investigative body.
This committee, made up of 10 independent experts, monitors implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment by its State parties.
The UN Commission on Human Rights established this mandate in 1985, appointing an expert to examine questions relevant to torture. The mandate, extended for 3 years in 2020, covers all countries, whether or not a State has ratified the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
The mandate of the SPT is threefold: to visit detention places, to advise and assist States parties regarding the establishment and functioning of their National Preventive Mechanisms, and to co-operate with other organizations and institutions working to strengthen protections against torture and ill-treatment.
The Fund, established by the General Assembly in 1981, assists victims of torture and their family members to rebuild their lives, providing immediate and accessible remedies. The Fund channels contributions globally to civil society organizations providing legal, social, psychological, medical and other services.
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