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]
October 23, 2013
by Max Slater
Lawyers for five Guantanamo Bay inmates implicated in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on Tuesday argued that restrictive rules for classifying evidence violate the Convention Against Torture, a treaty that the US ratified in 1994. The lawyers represent Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other men accused ...[read more]
November 7, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On November 7, 2011, Amnesty International (AI) reported that Sri Lanka had failed to successfully investigate allegations of torture. AI made the announcement on the eve of a UN Committee Against Torture review. The Sri Lankan Convention Against Torture (CAT) had previously completed three ...[read more]
October 25, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
While the international community has come a long way in enacting legal standards to prevent torture and inhumane punishment, UN Committee Against Torture Chairperson Claudio Grossman said Tuesday that there are still too many states practicing torture. He said that while the Convention Against ...[read more]
June 27, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Tuesday announced the launching of its Torture Database, a collection of more than 100,000 Bush-era documents recording "rendition, detention, and interrogation policies and practices." The database was launched in recognition of the 25th anniversary ...[read more]

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