The UK is currently undergoing the sixth periodic review of its compliance with the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which it ratified in 1988.
All states signed up to the treaty have a duty to prevent and investigate torture, support victims of torture, and ensure perpetrators are punished.
CAJ has filed a submission with the UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) to draw attention to a number of specific areas related to Northern Ireland on which we believe the UK should be questioned when it appears before the Committee in May 2019.
This submission focuses on three key areas:
- The fate of the Human Rights Act 1998 and failure to implement the Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland.
- High use of Closed Material Procedures in Northern Ireland legacy cases.
- Investigations into deaths, ill treatment and torture during the Northern Ireland Conflict.
You can read the full submission here: CAJ-CAT-submission-Mar-19
Update: UNCAT has now published its concluding observations on the UK’s sixth periodic report.