UK Torture Review

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.

The shadow report will cover the range of settings which are relevant to the Convention, 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. For a preliminary list of issues please click here.

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 will also be holding a call for written evidence. The deadline for written submissions will be Friday 2 November 2018. A consultation document will be published shortly.

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.

Please register below if your organisation would like to participate in the consultation process. 

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.

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