Thirty years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights : the need for an International Convention against Torture

Study undertaken by Hans Thoolen, Executive Secretary of the ICJ, and published as CCIA Background Information 1978/No. 8.

From the Introduction by Philip Potter, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches:

“On the occasion of this XXXth Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we remind the churches of the Central Committee’s call to undertake special actions with regard to the elimination of torture. One concrete effort that affords our combined support is the work done within the broad context of the United Nations system on a draft convention against torture. We are grateful to Hans Thoolen, Executive Secretary of the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva, for providing us with the ample background information contained in this issue. In commending this study, we hope that it serves to encourage endeavours within each national situation to support and lobby for the quick adoption of such a convention.”

The study is followed by five appendices on the Draft Convention and Optional Protocol.

International Convention against Torture-non-legal submission-1978-eng (full text in English, PDF)

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