Spain: ICJ submission to the Committee against Torture

The ICJ has submitted a shadow report to the Committee against Torture for its consideration of the Periodic Report of Spain.

In the submission, the ICJ dealt with the law and procedure regarding incommunicado detention, and the limited safeguards the law provides for detainees. The ICJ also highlighted concerns regarding the credible allegations of Spain’s involvement in the CIA-run programme of renditions. Finally, the ICJ addressed a problem with Spain’s definition of the offence of torture and the recent attempts to limit the scope of Spanish universal jurisdiction to prosecute and try crimes under international law, including torture.

Spain-Consideration of the 5th Periodic Report-legal submission-2009 (full text, PDF)

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