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Prohibition of Torture

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The prohibition of torture is considered to carry a special status in general international law binding on all States, even if they have not ratified a particular treaty. It cannot be contradicted by treaty law or by other rules of international law. States Parties are also obliged to make efforts to prevent torture and other prohibited ill-treatment through dissemination of information about the prohibition of torture and through the training of law enforcement officials and other persons involved in the custody or treatment of persons in detention, and through the regular review of interrogation rules and arrangements for custody. An important step in ensuring that the prohibition of torture is implemented at national level is the incorporation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the United Nations Convention against Torture (UNCAT) and other relevant international and regional instruments into domestic law.

Keywords:domestic law; ICCPR; international law; States Parties; torture; United Nations Convention against Torture (UNCAT)



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