Statement to the 34th session of the Human Rights Council: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment
Nations Human Rights Council -
Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman and
degrading treatment or punishment
Statement, World Organisation Against Torture
OMCT would like to thank you for your report. We share your concerns on the
increasing tolerance to the use of torture in the name of security and the
fight against terrorism. We commend your commitment to unequivocally reaffirm
the absolute and non-derogatory nature of torture, which is paramount in the
current changing political climate.
We also consider crucial your commitment
to address protection gaps of people on the move, including patterns of abuse
in transit countries and attempts to circumvent the non-refoulement principle
through mass expulsions and the externalization of border controls and asylum
proceedings. We also call for a systematic screening to identify the needs for
those who have suffered trauma to have access to treatment.
We commend your efforts to make the
implementation and protection gap a primary focus of your mandate. We believe
that the very first step towards an effective implementation of international
treaties, including the Convention against Torture, is for State Parties to
comply with their reporting obligations. However, to date many are the countries,
including Bangladesh, that are yet
to submit their initial report to the Committee against Torture. What actions
will you take in this regard?
Finally, we welcome the outgoing SRT’s
reports on Sri Lanka, Mauritania and Mexico and strongly support his
recommendations. With regard to the latter, we would be grateful to know which
actions you plan to undertake in order to monitor the implementation of the
recommendations issued by the former SRT in its mission and follow up reports;
do you foresee a follow up visit to Mexico?