UN Committee against Torture: submission by ICJ and HRCP on Pakistan

The ICJ and Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) have made a submission to the Committee against Torture in advance of its examination of Pakistan’s initial report under the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

ICJ and HRCP’s submission draws the Committee’s attention to concerns related to:

  • Legal framework relevant to torture and other ill-treatment in Pakistan;
  • Compatibility with the Convention, as well as other relevant international standards, of draft legislation purporting to incorporate the Convention against Torture into Pakistan’s domestic law;
  • Allegations of torture and other ill-treatment of individuals facing trials before military courts in connection with terrorism-related offences;
  • Prevalence of torture and other ill-treatment documented by HRCP; and
  • Enforced disappearances as torture and other ill-treatment.

The Committee will examine Pakistan’s initial report during its 60th session, which will be held from 18 April to 12 May 2017.

Following the review, the Committee will adopt Concluding Observations setting out recommendations to the Pakistani Government.

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