Submission to the UN Committee Against Torture on the US Government’s Follow-up Response to the Committee’s Recommendations
On 1 March 2016, the ICJ, REDRESS and the World Organisation against Torture (OMCT) made a joint submission to the UN Committee against Torture in light of the United States of America’s One-Year Follow-up response to the Committee’s Recommendations.
The joint submission focuses on two of the “principal subjects of concern and recommendations” identified by the Committee for follow up in its December 2014 Concluding Observations and Recommendations following its review of the USA’s implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
The two topics are “Inquiries into allegations of torture overseas” and “Guantánamo Bay detention facilities” and they are most closely linked to the original submission the ICJ, REDRESS and OMCT made jointly in advance of the State party’s examination in October 2014, entitled “Rendered Silent: Ongoing violations arising from the denial of “High Value Detainees”’ right to complain of torture and other ill-treatment”.
Given the US Government’s inadequate response, in today’s joint submission, the ICJ, REDRESS and OMCT urge the Committee to request it to provide additional information within six months in relation to compliance with the Committee’s recommendations concerning the two topics mentioned above.
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