"In truth the leitmotiv": the prohibition of torture and other forms of ill-treatment in international humanitarian law

30 September 2007 Cordula Droege

The principle of humane treatment, as Jean Pictet wrote in 1958, is in truth the leitmotiv of the four Geneva Conventions of 1949. It includes the prohibition of torture, cruel or inhuman treatment and outrages upon personal dignity. This article examines the interpretation of these notions by referring to the existing instruments and jurisprudence on the prohibition of ill-treatment.

About the author

Cordula Droege
Head of the Operational Law Unit, Legal Division, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)