"Clear connection between torture and corruption": UN

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Malcolm Evans, Chair of the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

There is clear connection between torture, ill-treatment and corrupt practices, a UN expert says.

Malcolm Evans, Chairperson on a UN torture prevention body, is  in New York to present his annual report to the General Assembly.

In States with higher levels of corruption, he says, the chances of torture and ill-treatment being discovered or persecuted are slim.

States must therefore do more to tackle corruption, he concludes.

So far, 74 States have ratified the UN anti-torture treaty.

It's hoped that a newly-launched Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI) could spur more countries to sign the treaty.

The initiative is spearheaded by Chile, Denmark, Ghana, Indonesia and Morocco.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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