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International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) policy on torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment inflicted on persons deprived of their liberty

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) policy on torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment inflicted on persons deprived of their liberty

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Action against torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment is a key focus in the ICRC's work on behalf of persons deprived of their liberty.

On the basis of its profound conviction that such practices are absolutely unacceptable, the ICRC implements a global response the primary objective of which is to ensure protection and assistance for victims and contribute to their rehabilitation, and help to establish and/or strengthen a normative, institutional and ethical environment conducive to the prevention of this phenomenon.

Accordingly, the ICRC relies on its own experience, on its in-depth knowledge of this practice, on its privileged access to victims and on its confidential bilateral dialogue with the authorities and other actors. It also knows that it can rely on the normative, institutional and ethical developments that have taken place in recent years with regard to these issues.

Aware of the immense challenge that action against torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment represents and of its importance for present and future victims and for their families, communities and societies, the ICRC seeks to reaffirm clearly and publicly the scope and depth of its commitment to its work in this sphere.

Action against torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment is a key focus in the ICRC's work on behalf of persons deprived of their liberty.

On the basis of its profound conviction that such practices are absolutely unacceptable, the ICRC implements a global response the primary objective of which is to ensure protection and assistance for victims and contribute to their rehabilitation, and help to establish and/or strengthen a normative, institutional and ethical environment conducive to the prevention of this phenomenon.

Accordingly, the ICRC relies on its own experience, on its in-depth knowledge of this practice, on its privileged access to victims and on its confidential bilateral dialogue with the authorities and other actors. It also knows that it can rely on the normative, institutional and ethical developments that have taken place in recent years with regard to these issues.

Aware of the immense challenge that action against torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment represents and of its importance for present and future victims and for their families, communities and societies, the ICRC seeks to reaffirm clearly and publicly the scope and depth of its commitment to its work in this sphere.

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 Volume 93 Number 882 June 2011
of the Red Cross
International Committee of theRed Cross (ICRC) policy on tortureand cruel, inhuman or degradingtreatment inflicted on personsdeprived of their liberty
 
Aim and scope
The International Review of the Red Cross is a periodicalpublished by the ICRC. Its aim is to promote reflection onhumanitarian law, policy and action in armed conflict andother situations of collective armed violence. A special-ized journal in humanitarian law, it endeavours to promoteknowledge, critical analysis and development of the law andcontribute to the prevention of violations of rules protectingfundamental rights and values. The Review offers a forum fordiscussion about contemporary humanitarian action as wellas analysis of the causes and characteristics of conflicts soas to give a clearer insight into the humanitarian problemsthey generate. Finally, the Review informs its readership onquestions pertaining to the International Red Cross and RedCrescent Movement and in particular on the activities andpolicies of the ICRC.
International Committee of the Red Cross
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)is an impartial, neutral and independent organizationwhose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect thelives and dignity of victims of war and internal violenceand to provide them with assistance. It directs and coor-dinates the international relief activities conducted by the Movement in situations of conflict. It also endeav-ours to prevent suffering by promoting and strength-ening international humanitarian law and universalhumanitarian principles. Established in 1863, the ICRCis at the origin of the International Red Cross and RedCrescent Movement.
Members of the Committee
President: Jakob KellenbergerVice-President: Olivier VodozPermanent Vice-President: Christine Beerli 
Editor-in-Chief 
Vincent Bernard
ICRC
Editorial Board
Rashid Hamad Al Anezi
Kuwait University, Kuwait 
Annette Becker
Université de Paris-Ouest NanterreLa Défense, France
Françoise Bouchet-Saulnier
 Médecins sans Frontières, Paris, France
Alain Délétroz
International Crisis Group, Brussels, Belgium
Helen Durham
 Australian Red Cross, Melbourne, Australia
 Mykola M. Gnatovskyy 
Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University,Ukraine
Bing Bing Jia
 Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Abdul Aziz Kébé
 Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal 
Elizabeth Salmón
 Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú,Lima, Peru
Marco Sassòli
University of Geneva, Switzerland 
Yuval Shany 
 Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel 
Hugo Slim
 University of Oxford, UK 
Gary D. Solis
 Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA
Nandini Sundar
 Delhi University, New Delhi, India
Fiona Terry 
 Independent researcher on humanitarianaction, Australia
Peter Walker
 Feinstein International Center,Tufts University, Boston, USA
Editorial TeamEditor-in-Chief: Vincent BernardEditorial assistant: Michael SiegristPublication assistant: Claire Franc AbbasInternational Review of the Red Cross19, Avenue de la PaixCH - 1202 Genevat +41 22 734 60 01f +41 22 733 20 57e-mail: review@icrc.orgChristiane AugsburgerPaolo BernasconiFrançois BugnionBernard G. R. DanielPaola GhillaniJürg KesselringClaude Le CoultreYves SandozRolf SoironBruno StaffelbachDaniel ThuerrerAndré Von Moos
 
 Volume 93 Number 882 June 2011
Preamble 
Action against torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment is a key focus in the ICRC’s work on behalf of persons deprived of their liberty.On the basis of its profound conviction that such practices are absolutely unacceptable, the ICRC implements a global response the primary objective of which is to ensure protection and assistance for victims and contribute to their rehabilitation,and help to establish and/or strengthen a normative, institutional and ethical en-vironment conducive to the prevention of this phenomenon.Accordingly, the ICRC relies on its own experience, on its in-depth knowledge of this practice, on its privileged access to victims and on its confidential bilateral dialogue with the authorities and other actors. It also knows that it can rely on the normative, institutional and ethical developments that have taken place in recent years with regard to these issues.Aware of the immense challenge that action against torture and cruel, in-human or degrading treatment represents and of its importance for present and future victims and for their families, communities and societies, the ICRC seeks to reaffirmclearly and publicly the scope and depth of its commitment to its work in this sphere.
doi:10.1017/S1816383111000300
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International Committee of the RedCross (ICRC) policy on torture andcruel, inhuman or degradingtreatment inflicted on personsdeprived of their liberty
Policy adopted by the Assembly Council of theICRC on 9 June 2011

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