COPCAT Shorts – European Anti-Torture/Corruption Bodies Echo Concerns of UN Special Rapporteur

Torture and corruption are indeed concurrent consequences of the same original cause, namely the failure of the relevant governance system to prevent abuse by unchecked power.

It is therefore crucial that steps are taken to develop policies of zero tolerance, effective monitoring and robust accountability. Measures aimed at fostering a strong culture among public officials opposing corrupt practices should also be implemented.

Joint statement of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) and the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) on the occasion of the 40th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, 28 February 2019.

The CPT/GRECO underlined that they concurred with the opinion expressed by Professor Nils Melzer, United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture, who stated in his report to the Human Rights Council on 28 February 2019 that wherever torture and corrupt practices coexist, their relationship tends to be mutually reinforcing.

Prison by a2zphoto (2010)

Read the full CPT-GRECO joint statement on torture and corruption in English or French.

Read Professor Nils Melzer’s report on torture and corruption and his emphasis on independent oversight of places of detention, including the OPCAT.

Watch the UN Special Rapporteur on torture’s presentation of his report at the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 28 February 2019 on demand on UN Web TV.

Posted by mp in Corruption, Oversight bodies, Torture prevention, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture