UK to be examined on UN Convention against Torture
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 torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (ill-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.
REDRESS is coordinating and facilitating a joint civil society alternative report to the UN Committee against Torture to provide an alternative, fact-based view of the measures taken by the UK to implement its obligations under UNCAT. CRAE is part of the steering group for this important project 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 and CRAE will be making sure that key issues relating to children are included in the report. For a preliminary list of issues that the UN Committee is interested in please click here.
We will be holding in-person consultation events for civil society organisations across England and Wales throughout October. Further information about the events and a sign-up form can be found on the Redress website.