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Prohibition and punishment of torture and other forms of ill-treatment

25-06-2014 Legal Fact Sheet

There is an absolute ban on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and outrages upon personal dignity under international humanitarian law and international human rights law. The prohibition of torture and other forms of ill-treatment derives from the Geneva Conventions of 1949, their Additional Protocols of 1977, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment of 1984, and other international instruments.

Both international humanitarian law and international human rights law converge and complement each other in establishing a comprehensive legal framework for the prevention and punishment of acts of torture and other forms of ill-treatment.