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APT Advocacy at the 65th Session of the UN General Assembly


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The APT was recently in New York to engage in advocacy activities in relation to the 65th session of the UNGA Third Committee. On Monday 25 October APT co-hosted, with the Permanent Mission of Denmark, a parallel event gathering the outgoing and incoming UN Special Rapporteurs on Torture, as well as diplomats, representatives of the UN and members of civil society.

Date: 17 - 27 October 2010
Place: New York
Purpose:
  • To strengthen support for a comprehensive annual resolution on torture and other ill-treatment adopted by the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly
  • To closely follow the debates taking place at the Third Committee in relation to torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
  • To raise awareness about some of the main challenges faced by the Special Rapporteur on Torture and to facilitate the transition between the two mandate-holders
Partners: Permanent Mission of Denmark to the UN in New York (for the parallel-event)
Activities:
  • Advocate towards improving the language of the resolution on some key APT concerns
  • Follow the debates at the UNGA Third Committee
  • Host discussions between the outgoing and the incoming Special Rapporteur on Torture, together with representatives of Permanent Missions, of the UN and of civil society
  • Monday 25 October: Co-host, with the Permanent Mission of Denmark, a parallel event gathering the outgoing and incoming UN Special Rapporteurs on Torture, as well as diplomats, representatives of the UN and members of civil society.
Outcome:
  • More comprehensive normative protection against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
  • Increased awareness among key stakeholders represented in New York about the main issues and challenges pertaining to the combat against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, including as they relate to the work of the Special Rapporteur on Torture
  • Increase of co-sponsors of the resolution
Unique Aspects:
  • By actively advocating for improvements in the annual resolution adopted by the UNGA in New York, and in addition to the work carried out on the annual Human Rights Council resolution in Geneva, the APT seeks to ensure that these two important instruments, adopted by consensus by all Member States of these bodies, provide a strengthened and more comprehensive normative protection against torture and other ill-treatment
  • In the wake of the nomination of Juan Mendez as new Special Rapporteur on Torture and of the presentation of the last report of Manfred Nowak to the UNGA, the APT aims to facilitate a smooth transition and to provide an opportunity for key stakeholders represented in New York to discuss with both the outgoing and the incoming mandate-holders the main challenges faced by this important UN human rights mechanism
Documents: Invitation to the Parallel Event on 25 October 2010

65th session of the UNGA Third Committee - Resolution on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment: APT’s nine main concerns
Contact Persons: Mark Thomson, APT Secretary General
Sébastien Ramu, APT Legal Adviser
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