CAT concluding observations 2019, paragraph 35

UN recommendation

Plain English recommendation

Government should:

Immediately set up an inquiry into alleged acts of torture and ill-treatment of detainees held overseas committed by, on the instruction of, or with the consent of British officials. The inquiry should comply with the UK’s obligations under the CAT. Ensure that all perpetrators are prosecuted and punished appropriately, and that victims receive redress.


Original UN recommendation

The Committee reiterates its previous recommendation (CAT/C/GBR/CO/5, para. 15) that the State party establish without further delay an inquiry on alleged acts of torture and other ill-treatment of detainees held overseas committed by, at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of British officials. Such an inquiry should be fully compliant with the State party’s obligations under the Convention. The State party should also ensure that all perpetrators of torture and ill-treatment in the context of the inquiry are duly prosecuted and punished appropriately, and that victims obtain redress.

Date of UN examination

08/05/2019

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)

Last updated on 08/10/2019