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Medical Profession & Complicity in Torture

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World Prison Map

Inhuman or Degrading Conditions of Detention Oct 01, 2013

CAT Commentary - OPCAT Article 20 - Obligation of State Parties to Facilitate Visits - Extracts

Prevention of Torture and ill-Treatment Apr 05, 2011 Extracts from "The United Nations Convention Against Torture - A Commentary" by Manfred Nowak and Elizabeth McArthur, 2008, Oxford University Press

CAT Commentary - OPCAT Article 19 - Mandate and Power of NPM - Extracts

Prevention of Torture and ill-Treatment Apr 05, 2011 Extracts from "The United Nations Convention Against Torture - A Commentary" by Manfred Nowak and Elizabeth McArthur, 2008, Oxford University Press

CAT Commentary - OPCAT Article 18 - Independence Pluralism Efficiency - Extracts

Prevention of Torture and ill-Treatment Apr 05, 2011 Extracts from "The United Nations Convention Against Torture - A Commentary" by Manfred Nowak and Elizabeth McArthur, 2008, Oxford University Press

CAT Commentary - OPCAT Article 4 - Obligation to Allow Preventive Visits - Extracts

Prevention of Torture and ill-Treatment Apr 05, 2011 Extracts from "The United Nations Convention Against Torture - A Commentary" by Manfred Nowak and Elizabeth McArthur, 2008, Oxford University Press

CAT Commentary - OPCAT Article 3 - Establishment of NPM - Extracts

Prevention of Torture and ill-Treatment Apr 05, 2011 Extracts from "The United Nations Convention Against Torture - A Commentary" by Manfred Nowak and Elizabeth McArthur, 2008, Oxford University Press

CAT Commentary - Article 12 - Ex Officio Investigation - Extracts

Prohibition of Torture and ill-Treatment Apr 05, 2011 Extracts from "The United Nations Convention Against Torture - A Commentary" by Manfred Nowak and Elizabeth McArthur, 2008, Oxford University Press

CAT Commentary - Article 7 - Aut Dedere Aut Iudicare - Extracts

Prohibition of Torture and ill-Treatment Apr 05, 2011 Extracts from "The United Nations Convention Against Torture - A Commentary" by Manfred Nowak and Elizabeth McArthur, 2008, Oxford University Press

CAT Commentary - Article 5 - Types of Jurisdiction Over Torture - Extracts

Prohibition of Torture and ill-Treatment Apr 05, 2011 Extracts from "The United Nations Convention Against Torture - A Commentary" by Manfred Nowak and Elizabeth McArthur, 2008, Oxford University Press

CAT Commentary - Article 4 - Obligation to Criminalize Torture - Extracts

Prohibition of Torture and ill-Treatment Apr 05, 2011 Extracts from "The United Nations Convention Against Torture - A Commentary" by Manfred Nowak and Elizabeth McArthur, 2008, Oxford University Press

CAT Commentary - Article 16 - CIDT - Extracts

Definition of Torture and CID Treatment or Punishment Apr 05, 2011 Extracts from "The United Nations Convention Against Torture - A Commentary" by Manfred Nowak and Elizabeth McArthur, 2008, Oxford University Press

CAT Commentary - Article 14 - Rights of Victims to Adequate Remedy - Extracts

Right of Victims of Torture to a Remedy and Reparation Apr 05, 2011 Extracts from "The United Nations Convention Against Torture - A Commentary" by Manfred Nowak and Elizabeth McArthur, 2008, Oxford University Press

CAT Commentary - Article 13 - Right to Complain - Extracts

Right of Victims of Torture to a Remedy and Reparation Apr 05, 2011 Extracts from "The United Nations Convention Against Torture - A Commentary" by Manfred Nowak and Elizabeth McArthur, 2008, Oxford University Press

CAT Commentary - Article 15 - Non-Admissibility of Evidence - Extracts

Non-Admissibility of Evidence Extracted by Torture Apr 05, 2011 Extracts from "The United Nations Convention Against Torture - A Commentary" by Manfred Nowak and Elizabeth McArthur, 2008, Oxford University Press

CAT Commentary - Article 3 - Principle of Non-Refoulement - Extracts

Non-Refoulment Apr 05, 2011 Extracts from "The United Nations Convention Against Torture - A Commentary" by Manfred Nowak and Elizabeth McArthur, 2008, Oxford University Press

CAT Commentary - Article 2 - Obligation to Prevent Torture - Extracts

Prohibition of Torture and ill-Treatment Apr 05, 2011 Extracts from "The United Nations Convention Against Torture - A Commentary" by Manfred Nowak and Elizabeth McArthur, 2008, Oxford University Press

CAT Commentary - Article 1 - Definition of Torture - Extracts

Definition of Torture and CID Treatment or Punishment Mar 22, 2011 Extracts from "The United Nations Convention Against Torture - A Commentary" by Manfred Nowak and Elizabeth McArthur, 2008, Oxford University Press

USA: Disciplinary process against architect of “enhanced interrogation techniques”

War on Terror Jan 18, 2011 Psychologist James Mitchell will have to explain himself at a hearing of the Texas State Board of Psychologists over his involvement in the creation of the so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” during the Bush administration. “Enhanced interrogations techniques” include among others the drowning technique waterboarding which was used by the CIA on terror suspects in black prison sites.

Lecture at the 30th anniversary of the WGEID

Prevention of Torture and ill-Treatment Nov 30, 2010 5 November 2010, Geneva, Switzerland

Lecture on the crime of torture

Definition of Torture and CID Treatment or Punishment Nov 30, 2010 9-11 September 2010, San Remo, Italy On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL), UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak held a lecture on the crime of torture.

Lecture: Introduction to CAT , Day 1 Part 3

Non-Refoulment Apr 30, 2010 UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak gives a presentation at the 'Training Programme for Lawyers on Convention Against Torture Claims and Refugee Law' organised by the Hong Kong Academy of Law between 14-17 December 2009. The lecture focuses on the importance of Article 3 on the Convention Against Torture (CAT), which prohibits parties from returning, extraditing or refouling any person to a state "where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture"

Lecture:CAT Article 3, Day 2 Part 2

Non-Refoulment Apr 30, 2010 UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak gives a presentation at the 'Training Programme for Lawyers on Convention Against Torture Claims and Refugee Law' organised by the Hong Kong Academy of Law between 14-17 December 2009. The lecture focuses on the importance of Article 3 on the Convention Against Torture (CAT), which prohibits parties from returning, extraditing or refouling any person to a state "where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture"

Lecture: CAT Article 3, Day 2 Part 1

Non-Refoulment Apr 30, 2010 UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak gives a presentation at the 'Training Programme for Lawyers on Convention Against Torture Claims and Refugee Law' organised by the Hong Kong Academy of Law between 14-17 December 2009. The lecture focuses on the importance of Article 3 on the Convention Against Torture (CAT), which prohibits parties from returning, extraditing or refouling any person to a state "where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture"

Lecture: Introduction to CAT, Day 1 Part 1

Non-Refoulment Apr 13, 2010 UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak gives a presentation at the 'Training Programme for Lawyers on Convention Against Torture Claims and Refugee Law' organised by the Hong Kong Academy of Law between 14-17 December 2009. The lecture focuses on the importance of Article 3 on the Convention Against Torture (CAT), which prohibits parties from returning, extraditing or refouling any person to a state "where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture"