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Torture & CIDT

Torture is a direct attack against the dignity and integrity of human beings. The prohibition of torture is one of the few absolute and non-derogable human rights. In the present context of counter-terrorism measures, this absolute prohibition is for the first time seriously challenged even in democratic countries. That is why the fight against torture has become again one of the most controversial issues within the international community.

The LBI of Fundamental and Human Rights chose to focus on the thematic area of torture after Manfred Nowak was nominated as UN Special Rapporteur on Torture in 2004; he held this mandate until October 2010. Besides active support during the six years of this mandate, the HuDi Team has conducted extensive research on the phenomenon of torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment. Examples include work on a commentary on Article 3 of the European Convention of Human Rights and a comprehensive article-by-article commentary on the UN Convention against Torture (CAT).

The focus on preventing torture was extended beyond the mandate of the Special Rapporteur by implementation of the “Atlas of Torture” project as well as other projects dealing with the use of force by the police, investigation and documentation of torture and other forms of ill-treatment, and the establishment of National Preventive Mechanisms in different countries.

Online Workshop NPM Network: ‘Strengthening the prevention of torture in South-East Europe

On 12–13 October, the Ludwig Boltzmann Insitute of Fundamental and Human Rights will participate in the online workshop ‘Strengthening the prevention of torture in South-East Europe: Monitoring safeguards in the first hours of police custody’ hosted by the Croatian National Preventive Mechanism on the occasion of the Croatian Chairmanship of the South-East European NPM Network.
 

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online

Statement on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

On the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) highlights the need to increase efforts to effectively implement standards preventing torture and other forms of ill-treatment worldwide. Giuliana Monina adresses current issues in her statement.

Expert meeting: NPM Standards – Preventing violence in prisons

As part of the NPM Standards Project, an expert meeting on the prevention of violence in prisons was planned, in cooperation with the Austrian Ombudsman Board, from 6 to 7 May in Vienna. Due to the COVID-19 crisis and measures, the event had to be cancelled. It will now take place online.

Members from National Preventive Mechanisms of European Member States, researchers and practitioners will discuss how international prison standards in relation to violence reduction can be monitored and implemented better.

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Wien

NPM: Auf dem Weg zu harmonisierten Haftstandards in der EU – Workshop in Sofia, Bulgarien

NPM: Auf dem Weg zu harmonisierten Haftstandards in der EU – Workshop in Sofia, Bulgarien

Within the scope of the project „Towards harmonised detention standards in the EU – the role of National Preventive Mechanisms (NPM)” the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights organised a workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria (18th and 19th of November 2019), in cooperation with its project partner the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee.