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6. Inter-American Convention to Prevent and Punish Torture

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This chapter talks about the Inter-American Convention to prevent and punish torture, which is signed by States Members of the organization of American States, at Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, on 9 December 1985. It describes 24 articles agreed by the American States signatory to the present Convention. The American States agreed upon the articles by reaffirming that all acts of torture or any other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment constitute an offense against human dignity and a denial of the principles set forth in the Charter of the Organization of American States and in the Charter of the United Nations and are violations of the fundamental human rights and freedoms proclaimed in the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Keywords: American States; Cartagena de Indias; Colombia; fundamental human rights; human dignity; Inter-American Convention; punishment; States Members; torture; United Nations



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