Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

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Editor: C. Neal Tate
Date: 2006
Document Type: Treaty
Pages: 5
Content Level: (Level 4)

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Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

Source: United Nations Publications, 1984. The United Nations is the author of the original material. Available from <http://www.ohchr.org>. Reproduced by permission.

Introduction: This treaty was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 10, 1974 and is designed to prevent and punish torture committed with the direct or indirect involvement of public officials. In Part I, reproduced below, the act of torture is precisely defined. The Convention declares expressly that there are "no exceptional circumstances whatsoever" that would justify torture and that no orders from superior officers may provide a justification. The Convention also sets forth a set of measures and institutions at the international level to supervise compliance by states with the legal obligations contained in the agreement.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|CX3447400094