The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment is an international human rights treaty adopted by the United Nations that entered into force in 1987. Its purpose is to prevent the use of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (ill-treatment).
States that have signed up to the Convention against Torture 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 shadow report to the Committee against Torture to provide an alternative, fact-based view of the measures taken by the UK to implement its obligations under the Convention against Torture. We will be holding in-person consultation events for civil society organisations across England and Wales as well as a call for written evidence throughout October 2018.
We are working on this project with help from organisations including: Children’s Rights Alliance England (CRAE), Children in Wales, Disability Rights UK, Liberty, and Freedom from Torture.
The shadow report
The shadow report will cover the range of thematic areas which are relevant to the Convention, including, but not limited to:
- prisons, policing, armed forces and intelligence services (including investigations into allegations of torture overseas, counter-terrorism measures, arrest and detention conditions, training and personnel);
- asylum and migration (including asylum claims, detention of asylum seekers, ill-treatment in immigration removal centres, refoulement, extradition and diplomatic assurances and statelessness);
- health and social care (including preventing ill-treatment of patients receiving health care services, persons deprived of their liberty in mental health settings, use of restraint against people in health care settings, inquiries into child sexual abuse and exploitation);
- violence and abuse against women, ethnic, religious or sexual minorities and victims of trafficking and exploitation (including VAWG, human trafficking, hate crimes, migrant domestic workers and corporal punishment);
- legislative, administrative and judicial procedure (including compliance with the Convention, the impact of Brexit, access to justice).
Some issues, such as children’s rights or disability rights, are included across one or more of the above groupings. For a preliminary list of issues please click here.
Submit written evidence
The call for written evidence is your opportunity to influence the content of the shadow report for the UN Committee against Torture during the UK’s state review in April 2019.
For the terms of reference, guidance questions and how to submit, please click here.
The deadline for written submissions is Friday 16 November 2018.
Sign up for a consultation event
The consultation events will include a morning capacity building session from 11-1pm. Please indicate in the form below if you would also like to attend the morning capacity building session.
By submitting this form you agree to be contacted with information about the UK Torture Review.
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For further information please contact Josie Fathers at [email protected].