Time to tackle torture

Friday 8 September 2017

The absolute prohibition of torture continues to be routinely challenged around the world, with a small number of states engaged in systematic torture practices, and many others failing to tackle impunity for torture and, in some cases, colluding in it.

A panel discussion held by the IBA and the United Nations Human Rights Office emphasised the importance of reaffirming torture as a human rights violation and the role of the international legal community.

Discussing the issues: Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Helena Kennedy QC, Co-Chair of the IBA Human Rights Institute; Juan Méndez, former UN special rapporteur on torture; and Beatrice Mtetwa, a leading human rights lawyer in Zimbabwe.