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Protecting Persons with Disabilities from Torture


Monday, November 3, 2008

On 24 October, the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica hosted a side event on 'Protecting persons with disabilities from torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment', which took place at the United Nations in New York, and was co-sponsored by IDA CRPD Forum, Human Rights Watch and the APT. Prof. Manfred Nowak, Special Rapporteur on Torture, opened the discussion and introduced his latest report to the General Assembly which focuses on protecting persons with disabilities from torture.

 

Date:
24 October 2008
Place:
United Nations, New York
Partners:

The Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations

International Disability Alliance CRPD Forum

Human Rights Watch

Activity:
On 24 October 2008, the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica hosted a panel discussion side event on 'Protecting persons with disabilities from torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment', which took place at the United Nations in New York during the course of the Third Committee of the General Assembly.

Prof. Manfred Nowak, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, opened the panel discussion and introduced his latest report to the General Assembly (A/HRC/7/3 - see link below), which focuses on protecting persons with disabilities from torture. Persons with disabilities are frequently subjected to all forms of violence in the public and private sphere. The Special Rapporteur addressed the different areas included in his report, including the obligation to ensure that persons deprived of their liberty are entitled to the 'provision of reasonable accommodation'; the fact that poor conditions in institutions are often coupled with severe forms of restraint and seclusion; and experiences in the medical context of serious abuses and violations to the right to physical and mental integrity of persons with disabilities (e.g. forced medical interventions).

Thereafter, representatives of the IDA CRPD Forum and the APT addressed ways of strengthening the protection of persons with disabilities from torture and other forms of ill-treatment and the need to mainstream the rights of persons with disabilities, while taking into account the new standards of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in the work of the UN and regional monitoring human rights mechanisms.

It was highlighted that the prevention of torture and ill-treatment required the establishment of a solid legal framework prohibiting torture and integrating international obligations in domestic law; the implementation of this legal framework through practical measures aimed, inter alia, at combating impunity through an effective administration of justice and accessible complaints mechanisms; and the existence of control mechanisms, such as regular and independent monitoring to institutionalized settings and places of deprivation of liberty. 

The panel discussion was co-sponsored by IDA CRPD Forum, Human Rights Watch and the APT.
Documents:

Report of the Special Rapporteur on Torture

Event Flyer

Contact Person:
Marina Narvaez, APT UN & Legal Programme Officer
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