United Nations Convention against Torture

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Publication date10 December 1984
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United Nations Convention against Torture
Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
TypeHuman rights convention
Drafted10 December 1984[1]
Signed10 December 1984
LocationNew York
Effective26 June 1987[1]
Condition20 ratifications[2]
Signatories80[1]
Parties154[1]
DepositaryUN Secretary-General[3]
LanguagesArabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish[4]
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The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (United Nations Convention against Torture) is an international human rights instrument, under the review of the United Nations, that aims to prevent torture and cruel, inhuman degrading treatment or punishment around the world.

The Convention requires states to take effective measures to prevent torture within their borders, and forbids states to transport people to any country where there is reason to believe they will be tortured, which is routinely flouted by the CIA's acts of "extraordinary rendition".

Bush Torture Indictment

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This UN convention is being used by the Canadian Centre for International Justice and the Center for Constitutional Rights to indict former US president George W. Bush for his role in approving the torture policy carried out by his administration as part of the "war on terror". Barack Obama admitted in 2014 that "we tortured some folks", which was followed by a marked absence of discussion about legal actions as a result - although such actions are mandated by the UN Convention against Torture.

See Also

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Map of the world with parties to the Convention against Torture
  signed and ratified
  signed but not ratified
  not signed and not ratified



References

  1. a b c d e United Nations Treaty Collection: Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Retrieved on 13 September 2012.
  2. Convention Against Torture, Article 27. Retrieved on 30 December 2008.
  3. Convention Against Torture, Article 25. Retrieved on 30 December 2008.
  4. Convention Against Torture, Article 33. Retrieved on 30 December 2008.