Governments urged to stamp out torture

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Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Governments around the world have been urged to act unequivocally in their effort to stamp out torture.

The call came on Wednesday from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, on the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention against Torture.

He said that as Tuesday's United States Select Committee on Intelligence report shows, torture is still taking place in quite a few of the 156 countries that have ratified the Convention .

At the same time, Mr Al-Hussein welcomed the publication of the Senate Select Committee's summary report on the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Programme.

He also welcomed the report of Brazil's National Truth Commission, which documents the extensive use of torture among other gross and systematic human rights violations committed over a 42-year period, including the 1964 to 1985 military dictatorship.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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