CAT concluding observations 2019, paragraph 33
Plain English recommendation
Set up an independent public inquiry to investigate allegations of torture and ill-treatment by UK staff in Iraq from 2003 to 2009. Ensure redress for all victims. Avoid passing laws that would grant amnesty or pardon for torture.
Original UN recommendation
Recalling its previous recommendation (CAT/C/GBR/CO/5, para. 16), the Committee urges the State party to take all necessary measures to establish responsibility and ensure accountability for any torture and ill-treatment committed by UK personnel in Iraq from 2003 to 2009, specifically by establishing a single, independent, public inquiry to investigate allegations of such conduct. The State party should refrain from enacting legislation that would grant amnesty or pardon where torture is concerned. It should also ensure that all victims of such torture and ill-treatment obtain redress.
Date of UN examination
UN article number
2 (prevention of torture), 12 (prompt and impartial investigation), 13 (right to complain), 14 (redress, compensation and rehabilitation), 16 (cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment)