Anti-torture committee highlights spiralling violence in UK prisons

20 April 2017

The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) has published its latest report on the United Kingdom, following a visit to several places of detention in the country last spring.

The report expresses deep concern about "severe generalised violence" in a number of UK prisons and says that none of the prisons visited by the CPT delegation could be considered safe for prisoners or staff.

It says that chronic overcrowding in the UK prison system has a negative effect on many aspects of prison life, with a considerable number of prisoners spending up to 22 hours per day — and sometimes more — locked in their cells.

Inadequate safeguards to protect patients in mental health settings are also highlighted in the report, which makes a number of recommendations to the UK authorities.

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Dialogue with High Commissioner. Child protection

Dialogue with High Commissioner. Child protection

27 April 2017

Protection of family, motherhood, paternity and childhood is one of the fundamental duties of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The future, perception of the world, behavior and psychological state of a child depends on the conditions in which he lives.

Chernobyl 31 years on: International cooperation still needed to address consequences

Chernobyl 31 years on: International cooperation still needed to address consequences

26 April 2017

The United Nations today commemorated the International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day recalling the devastating explosion of 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant which spewed radioactive material to an area stretching 155,000 square kilometres across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

Conflict keeps more than 25 million children out of school — UNICEF

Conflict keeps more than 25 million children out of school — UNICEF

25 April 2017

Conflict and violence has driven more than 25 million children between 6 and 15 years old — about 22 per cent of children in that age group — from schools in warzones across 22 countries, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said.

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