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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 Legal Prohibition of Torture and Other Ill-treatment

The Legal Prohibition of Torture and Other Ill-treatment

(p.45) 2 The Legal Prohibition of Torture and Other Ill-treatment
The Treatment of Prisoners under International Law

Nigel Rodley

Matt Pollard

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the international legal status of the prohibition against torture or ill-treatment and describes briefly existing treaties prohibiting it. It investigates how ‘general’ or ‘customary’ international law absolutely prohibits other states from committing torture or other ill-treatment. It refers to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment as the standard reference to all treaties prohibiting torture and other ill-treatment and indicates its position under general international law applicable to all states. In addition, the chapter discusses the two broad categories of general treaties that prohibit torture and other ill-treatment: human rights treaties and humanitarian law treaties.

Keywords:   torture, ill-treatment, prisoners' rights, international law, Convention against Torture, human rights, humanitarian law

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