IRCT Issues Report: Using Human Rights Mechanisms to Promote the Prohibition of Torture

IRCT Issues Report: Using Human Rights Mechanisms to Promote the Prohibition of Torture

The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) has released two important guides for human rights defenders on how to use the UN human rights mechanisms to prohibit and prevent torture at the national level, including a specific guide related to the Committee Against Torture:

Engaging with State reviews in the UN Committee Against Torture: A practical guide

United Nations treaty bodies such as the Committee against Torture, in particular its State review procedure, can provide useful support to existing domestic advocacy initiatives by bringing international attention and legitimacy to issues already being advanced domestically. It is our hope that this guide will help empower human rights advocates at the local level to effectively use the Committee’s State review process to promote domestic change.

Getting the evidence: Countering torture through medico-legal documentation

Torture can be proved through the use of documentation. However, often the required forensic expertise is not available to produce medico-legal reports of sufficient quality or the reports are not taken into account in legal proceedings due to flawed regulations or practice. For this reason, the IRCT works to promote the value and use of medical documentation of torture according to the international standards contained in the Istanbul Protocol.

More information can be found here.

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