UK to be examined on UN Convention against Torture

By agency reporter
September 25, 2018

The UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT) is an international human rights treaty. Its purpose is to prevent the use of such treatment

The UK ratified UNCAT in 1988.  States that have signed up to it are required to report to the UN on their progress towards implementing the treaty every four years. In April 2019, the UK will be reviewed by the UN Committee against Torture as part of its sixth periodic review.

A number of organisations are compiling a joint civil society alternative report to the UN Committee, to provide an alternative, fact-based view of the measures taken by the UK to implement its obligations under UNCAT. REDRESS, an organisation which combats torture using casework, research-based advocacy, and collaboration with like-minded organisations, is coordinating and facilitating this project. Children's Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) is part of the steering group alongside Liberty, Children in Wales, Disability Rights UK, and Freedom from Torture.

The alternative report will cover the range of settings which are relevant to UNCAT, including, but not limited to:

  • Prisons, policing and intelligence services
  • Health and social care
  • Asylum and migration
  • Violence and abuse against women, ethnic, religious or sexual minorities and victims of trafficking and exploitation
  • Legislative, administrative and judicial procedure

Some issues, such as children’s rights or disability rights, are included across one or more of the above groupings. There will be in-person consultation events for civil society organisations across England and Wales throughout October. Further information about the events and a sign-up form are avilable on the REDRESS website.

* REDRESS https://redress.org/

* Children's Rights Alliance for England http://www.crae.org.uk/

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