UN Committee against Torture opens its fifty-fifth session
On 27 July 2015 the Committee against Torture opened its
All States had been reminded of their human rights obligations, including the full respect of migrants’ right to be treated with dignity. People should be afforded the same standard of protection against violations of the Convention against Torture, regardless of how and when they had arrived to a country. It was fundamental to remind States that they should protect vulnerable people and not victimise them.
Ms. Edelenbos reiterated that the revised Standard Minimal Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, called the "Mandela Rules", had been adopted by the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice on 22 May 2015. It was expected that a resolution containing the revised rules would be adopted by the General Assembly in December 2015.
The "Mandela Rules" introduced the basic principle of the absolute prohibition of torture and
During the session, the Committee will consider the reports of Slovakia, Iraq and Switzerland.
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