The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture

Author: Rachel Murray
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199602190
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The Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention Against Torture was adopted in 2002 and provides for the establishment of national preventive mechanisms to stop torture from happening. This work sets out the powers of these mechanisms, their role within the international framework against torture, and suggests best practices.

The United Nations Convention Against Torture

Author: Manfred Nowak
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199280001
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This volume provides a thorough commentary on the articles of the Convention against Torture, with historical context and analysis of relevant case law from monitoring bodie and international, regional and domestic courts.

Does Torture Prevention Work

Author: Richard Carver
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 1781388687
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In the past three decades, international and regional human rights bodies have developed an ever-lengthening list of measures that states are required to adopt in order to prevent torture. But do any of these mechanisms actually work? This study is the first systematic analysis of the effectiveness of torture prevention. Primary research was conducted in 16 countries, looking at their experience of torture and prevention mechanisms over a 30-year period. Data was analysed using a combination of quantitative and qualitative techniques. Prevention measures do work, although some are much more effective than others. Most important of all are the safeguards that should be applied in the first hours and days after a person is taken into custody. Notification of family and access to an independent lawyer and doctor have a significant impact in reducing torture. The investigation and prosecution of torturers and the creation of independent monitoring bodies are also important in reducing torture. An important caveat to the conclusion that prevention works is that is actual practice in police stations and detention centres that matters - not treaties ratified or laws on the statute book.

The Core International Human Rights Treaties

Author: United Nations. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Publisher: United Nations Publications
ISBN: 9789211541663
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There are nine core international human rights treaties. Each of these treaties has established a committee of experts to monitor implementation of the treaty provisions by its States parties. Some of the treaties are supplemented by optional protocols dealing with specific concerns. This publication reproduces the core international human rights treaties in pocket size. Publishing Agency: United Nations.

Regional Approaches to the Protection of Asylum Seekers

Author: Ademola Abass
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317069153
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This book presents a comprehensive assessment of regional responses to the crisis in the asylum/refugee system and critically examines how different regions tackle the problem. The chapters consider the fundamental challenges which undermine an effective asylum process as well as regional difficulties with the various circumstances surrounding asylum seekers. With contributions on Africa, Europe, Latin America, South Asia and the Middle East, and the Pacific, the collection strives to appreciate what informs each region’s approach to the asylum process and asks if there are issues common to every region and if regions can learn from one another. The book seeks an understanding of the existing legal regime for the protection of asylum seekers and how regional institutions such as human rights commissions and regional courts enforce and adjudicate the law. The volume will be valuable to those interested in international law, migration and human rights.