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Lesson #11: The Prohibition of Torture and Ill Treatment

Category
Training Material
Subject
Policing

Description

Material for a 2-hour lesson, part of the Human Rights and Law Enforcement Course, developed by the Kosovo Police Service School.

Subject
Policing
Target group
Cadets
Region
South-Eastern Europe
Keywords
human rights, torture

Summary

The right not to be tortured is one of the human rights that have absolute protection in all major human rights documents. Although the right to life is not given absolute protection, the prohibition of torture is total and absolute. There are no exceptions, even in times of national emergency such as war. Police officials are under an obligation to disobey or disregard any order or instruction involving torture or other forms of inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

The goal of this lesson is to teach the participants about the importance of recognising and complying with the total and absolute prohibition of torture and ill treatment .

By the end of this lecture the participants will be able to:

  1. List at least three international human rights documents that give protection against being tortured based on the handout
  2. Define the main elements of torture as stated during the lesson
  3. State what is the difference between the human rights violation of torture and the crime of bodily harm

Information

Added on
25 Oct 2002
Origin
OSCE Mission in Kosovo
Target group
Cadets
Region
Serbia
Keywords
human rights, torture
Rights
OSCE