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]
June 27, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged member states to intensify measures against torture in commemoration of the UN's 15th annual International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (IDSVT). Ban also encouraged member states to recognize the 25th anniversary of the UN Committee ...[read more]
June 7, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
The UN released a letter on Thursday from UN human rights experts voicing their concern that two Russian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been charged by Russian prosecutors following their involvement with the UN Committee against Torture. The Anti-Discrimination Centre Memorial in St. ...[read more]
November 29, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday adopted a resolution expressing concern for continuing human rights violations in Iran. The committee specifically mentioned that Iran is using torture, inhumane treatment of prisoners, public executions, executions of minors, hanging as an ...[read more]
November 25, 2012
by Max Slater
The UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) chastised Russia on Friday for intimidating journalists and human rights activists and ignoring allegations of torture. The CAT, a panel composed of 10 human rights experts, presented a report on Friday that laid out a set of criticisms against Russia and ...[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]
July 30, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
A rights group in South Korea on Monday announced its intent to appeal to the UN over the alleged torture of Seoul activist Kim Young-hwan during his time detained in China after helping North Korean refugees there. The Committee for the Release of Kim Young-hwan is considering filing an ...[read more]
July 12, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday submitted a briefing to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women detailing the failure of the Mexican government to protect women from torture, killings, sexual violence and other ill-treatment. On July 17 the UN Committee is ...[read more]
June 20, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The UN Committee Against Torture has ruled that Kazakhstan's extradition of 29 Uzbek refugees was a violation of international human rights agreements, including the Convention Against Torture. The committee stated in a ruling that the extradited Uzbekistan nationals faced risk of torture in ...[read more]

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