HRC 52 - Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment

UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

52nd session

 

Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on torture

and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment

14 March 2023

 

EU Intervention

Madam Special Rapporteur,

The EU would like to start by congratulating you on your appointment as the new UN Special Rapporteur on Torture. We appreciate the hard work already undertaken to eradicate torture and ill-treatment globally. We are strongly committed to the fight for the absolute prohibition of torture and ill-treatment.

We commend you for devoting a significant part of the report to the victims and witnesses of torture. Torture has the aim and consequence of profoundly damaging a person’s physical and mental health, their identity and their socio-economic relationships with family and community. It is fundamental that their voices are heard so that their healing process can begin.

You mention that victims recount many genuine reasons for being hesitant about filing a complaint, one of those being the lack of confidence in the criminal legal system. In this regard, we welcome your plans to elaborate good practice in national procedures in your next reports, with focus on remedies for victims.  

Madam Special Rapporteur,

What are the most important measures to ensure public confidence in national institutions, allowing torture survivors to have their voices heard and being able to heal their wounds?

Thank you.