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Statement By Richard Bennett Representative Of The United Nations High Commissioner For Human Rights In Nepal
Abstract:
Human dignity is at the heart of human rights, and there is no greater affront to human dignity than torture. 10 December 2008 is the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the foundation of international human rights law. Article 5 of the UDHR states, “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” Successive human rights treaties have built on this provision; however, despite the comprehensive international legal framework that exists to confront torture, much remains to be done to ensure that the use of torture and ill-treatment ceases. OHCHR’s own work to address torture in Nepal includes monitoring detention facilities and advocating on behalf of victims of torture, as well as encouraging the Government to prevent and criminalize torture and prosecute those responsible. These are crucial strategies, but eliminating torture will also require finding new, creative and collaborative approaches to working with the security forces and other government bodies. For example, in the Eastern Region, OHCHR, NHRC and Advocacy Forum have begun implementing a joint programme working with the Nepal Police and public health officials, aimed at deterring torture by improving the access of detainees to thorough health examinations. The Nepal Police and health authorities have already made positive changes to their policies and procedures, and anecdotal evidence suggests a recent decrease in allegations of torture in one district, since the joint capacity-building and monitoring programme began.
Publisher: UNOHCHR Type / Script:
Annual Report  in  English
Keywords:
HUMAN DIGNITY, HUMAN RIGHTS, TORTURE, CAPACITY BUILDING, TREATMENT, PUNISHMENT, ADVOCACY FORUM, VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, PROSECUTION OF ACTS OF TORTURE, CRIMINAL OFFENCE
Thematic Group:
UNOHCHR , (2008)
Thesaurus:
14.02.02 - Human Rights
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