GANHRI Highlights NHRIs’ Key Role in Preventing Torture Through Transparent Monitoring at HRC55

During the 55th Human Rights Council, GANHRI Chairperson Maryam Al-Attiyah delivered a statement in response to the Special Rapporteur on torture report, emphasizing the crucial role of regular and transparent monitoring conducted by National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in preventing torture. Al-Attiyah also highlighted the pressing global need for prison reform.

Expressing gratitude to the Special Rapporteur for her valuable contribution to the 14th International Conference of NHRIs on torture, which took place in November, Al-Attiyah emphasized that NHRIs from all regions reaffirmed their unwavering commitment to preventing and addressing torture and ill-treatment during the conference.

The Kiyv-Copenhagen Declaration, which was adopted at the conference, underscores the significance of addressing the specific needs of vulnerable individuals and groups. The declaration outlines a range of concrete measures that NHRIs will undertake as part of their work in promoting, preventing, and protecting against torture and other forms of ill-treatment.

As the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Convention Against Torture takes place this year, Al-Attiyah expressed eagerness to continue collaborating closely with the Special Rapporteur, as well as all members and observers of the Human Rights Council, in advancing the collective mission to establish a world free from torture.

Acknowledgement: Reported by GANHRI on March 8, 2024

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