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Legal and procedural safeguards to prevent torture

Legal or procedural safeguards contribute concretely to reducing the risk of torture or ill-treatment. 

Basic legal and procedural safeguards should be guaranteed to all persons deprived of their liberty. It is good practice for basic legal and procedural safeguards to be written down in a law or even in the constitution or other bill of rights.

As the risk of torture and ill-treatment is higher during the first hours of deprivation of liberty, fundamental safeguards include, from the earliest moment:

The detainee should be informed of these rights in a language that he or she can understand.

Other essential safeguards for torture prevention are:

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