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NCJ Number: 64959 Find in a Library
Title: TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL, INHUMAN, OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT IN RELATION TO DETENTION AND PUNISHMENT ANALYTICAL SUMMARY
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: United Nations
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 41
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
United Nations
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Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
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Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United Nations
Annotation: RESULTS ARE REPORTED FROM A UNITED NATIONS SURVEY OF MEMBER COUNTRIES REGARDING THEIR LAWS TO PREVENT TORTURE AND OTHERWISE CRUEL AND DEGRADING TREATMENT ASSOCIATED WITH DETENTION AND IMPRISONMENT.
Abstract: THIS SUMMARY OF SURVEY RESULTS PROVIDES GENERAL STATEMENTS ABOUT RELEVANT LAWS OF THE RESPONDING COUNTRIES, WITH SELECTED DESCRIPTIONS OF THE LAWS OF PARTICULAR NATIONS. NATIONAL LAWS ARE COMPARED TO STATEMENTS OF THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS. ALSO REPORTED ARE OBSERVATIONS AND COMMENTS BY MEMBER GOVERNMENTS ON ARTICLES 24 THROUGH 27 OF THE DRAFT PRINCIPLES ON FREEDOM FROM ARBITRARY ARREST AND DETENTION. THE CONSTITUTIONS AND STATUTES OF MOST RESPONDENT NATIONS RECOGNIZE THAT PERSONS CHARGED WITH A PENAL OFFENSE HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL PROVED GUILTY ACCORDING TO LAW. MOST OF THE COUNTRIES SURVEYED ALSO HAVE STATUTES SPECIFYING GROUNDS FOR ARREST AND PRETRIAL DETENTION, RIGHTS OF THE ARRESTED OR DETAINED PERSON IN CONNECTION WITH THE INVESTIGATION, PROTECTION AGAINST IMPROPER METHODS OF INTERROGATION, AND TREATMENT WHILE IN CUSTODY. RESPONDENTS ALSO HAVE REMEDIES AND SANCTIONS RELATED TO PROCEDURES TO TERMINATE ILLEGAL DETENTION, EXCLUSION OF CONFESSIONS OBTAINED ILLEGALLY AND ANNULMENT OF PROCEEDINGS, CIVIL REMEDIES AND STATE COMPENSATION, DISCIPLINARY SANCTIONS, AND PENAL SANCTIONS. RESPONDING GOVERNMENTS ARE IN GENERAL AGREEMENT WITH THE CONCEPTS THAT FORM THE BASIS OF ARTICLES 24 THROUGH 27 OF THE DRAFT PRINCIPLES ON FREEDOM FROM ARBITRARY ARREST AND DETENTION. (RCB)
Index Term(s): Cruel and unusual punishment; Detention; Evidence collection; Laws and Statutes; Police legal limitations; Prisoner's rights; Surveys; Suspect interrogation; United Nations (UN)
Note: PRESENTED TO THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY BY THE SECRETARY-GENERAL, THIRTIETH SESSION, ITEM 75 OF THE PROVISIONAL AGENDA
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