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The Treatment of Prisoners under International Law$
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Nigel Rodley and Matt Pollard

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199693566

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199693566.001.0001

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The Response of the United Nations General Assembly to the Challenge of Torture

The Response of the United Nations General Assembly to the Challenge of Torture

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(p.18) 1 The Response of the United Nations General Assembly to the Challenge of Torture
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The Treatment of Prisoners under International Law
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Nigel Rodley

Matt Pollard

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199693566.003.0002

This chapter deals with the first fifteen years of General Assembly actions in the field, a period which it provided the political momentum for action. It examines first the developments leading up to the adoption by the Assembly in 1975 of the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Being Subjected to Torture or Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. It then describes the General Assembly's initiatives in developing several documents: the Body of Principles of Medical Ethics relevant to the role of health personnel, particularly physicians, in the protection of prisoners and detainees against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The chapter also briefly outlines the three major Assembly initiatives: the decision to mandate the drafting of a convention against torture or other ill-treatment; the devising of a questionnaire by means of which compliance by governments with the Declaration against Torture might be determined; and the promotion of unilateral declarations against torture and other ill-treatment.

Keywords:   international human rights law, United Nations General Assembly, Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Being Subjected to Torture, Body of Principles of Medical Ethics

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