at statement to celebrate International Day in Support of Victims of Torture Saturday, three Human Rights CouncilThe appointed independent experts insisted that “persons who have experienced ordeal of torture … have an enforceable right to fair and adequate compensation,” including rehabilitation.
Follow the agreement
they supported that Convention against torture The Convention against Torture provides reparations for flagrant violations of human rights and the restoration of dignity.
“It is particularly important that governments respect and support the right to redress,” they said, adding that authorities should ensure that medical and other professionals treating torture victims can do their work unimpeded.
Rights experts said the same guarantees should also be given to civil society organizations and rights advocates so that they can do the vital work of documenting torture and supporting the rehabilitation of victims.
The term “rehabilitation” includes appropriate medical, psychosocial and other related specialized treatments.
United Nations expertswarned in 2012 Victims of torture face reprisals for complaining or cooperating with the United Nations.
They testified that “since then, the trend and severity of reported reprisals against individuals and groups has increased specifically because of dealings with the United Nations.”
CAT, the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and the Special Rapporteur on torture All measures have been taken to address reprisals and retaliation against civil society organizations that combat torture and assist victims.
A “vital” civic space
last year, Secretary-General António GuterresadoptA call to action for human rights Which makes civic space a priority area and issuesUN Guidance Note: Protecting and Promoting Civic Space.
In their statement, the experts called for civic space as “vital” in preventing and combating torture and protecting the rights of those who have been persecuted and ill-treated.
“We urge states to uphold the absolute and comprehensive prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and to enable an enabling environment for redress and rehabilitation of victims of torture, and for civil society to operate freely,” they said. .
Special rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council to examine and report on a specific topic relating to human rights or the situation of a country. They are not UN staff, and they are not paid for their work.
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