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 28, 2014
by Emelina Perez
The UN Committee Against Torture has urged the US to begin prompt, impartial investigations into all cases of police brutality and excessive use of force by police officers, and to limit the use of electrical discharge weapons. The committee expressed concern over the use of force against people ...[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]
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]

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