January 17, 2015
by Sarah Steers
Shortly before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence declassified the torture report, the UN Committee Against Torture released their own report condemning the US for failure to comply with the international Convention Against Torture treaty. Following the December 9, 2014 release of the ...[read more]
January 17, 2015
by Vanessa Griffith
Torture is illegal under both US and international law. Several international agreements ban torture, all ratified by the US. The majority of these treaties and declarations do not specifically define torture. One of the sole definitions comes from the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, ...[read more]
December 1, 2014
by Alexandra Farone
The UN Committee Against Torture released a report on Friday that found the US has fallen short of full compliance with the Convention Against Torture international treaty. Police brutality, detention facilities, military interrogations and the criminalization of torture itself were several of ...[read more]
November 4, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
The UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) on Monday opened its 53rd session and discussed the changes that have been made since the Convention Against Torture, an international legal framework to prevent torture and other types of inhumane treatment or punishment, was adopted 30 years ago. During ...[read more]
September 18, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) suspended its delegation to Azerbaijan Thursday citing the government's prevention of access to a number of locations where individuals are being detained. Azerbaijan is a party to the Convention ...[read more]
July 18, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ordered Russia to pay damages in the amount of ?16,000 (USD $22,000) within the next three months for placing defendants in metal cages during trial. This is the first case involving the use of cages in Russian trials to reach the Grand Cha... ...[read more]
June 27, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Senior UN officials urged the international community on Thursday to end the practice of torture in celebration of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. "As we honour the victims on this International Day, let us pledge to strengthen our efforts to eradicate this heinous ...[read more]
May 5, 2014
by Addison Morris
The Vatican appeared before the Geneva committee that oversees the UN Convention Against Torture on Monday, arguing that a strict interpretation of the convention limited the church's responsibility for the international priest sex abuse scandal. The universal governing structure of the Catholic ...[read more]
December 17, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
The UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) on Monday urged Cambodia to set up an independent national body to monitor detention centers in order to fulfill its international obligations under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT). Cambodia ratified the protocol ...[read more]
November 30, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
The attorney for Belkacem Bensayah and Djamel Ameziane, two Algerian detainees being held in Guantanamo Bay said on Friday the two will oppose their release back to Algeria, which could take place as early as this week. The two claim they would likely face persecution should they be released back ...[read more]

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