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Torture and human nature are opposite concepts, says the Administrative Commissioner

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    Torture and human nature opposite concepts, says Commissioner of Administration – Its installation on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

    Torture and human nature are opposite concepts and under no circumstances can they be tolerated, the Commissioner Management and Human Protection emphasizes in her statement on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture Rights.

    In her position, the Administrative Commissioner also assures that the fight against and prevention of torture is a primary and continuous goal of the institution's activities, both under its competence as Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture and under its other competences.

    Recalling that in 1987 the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment came into force and in December 1997, the UN General Assembly decided to establish June 26 as the United Nations International Day of Supporting the Victims of Torture, the Administrative Commissioner emphasizes that torture constitutes a crime against humanity, which is absolutely prohibited and cannot be justified under any circumstances, indicating that this prohibition binds every member of the international community, regardless of whether they have ratified the international treaties that expressly prohibit torture.

    As he notes, according to a global survey by the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims, more than 70,000 victims of torture are treated every year, and in particular, in 2023, 71,931 cases were recorded, of which 12,104 were in Europe, with these figures, however, as also stated in research, fall short of the true size of the problem since these figures only relate to cases of survivors who were successfully identified and treated.

    “Respect for human rights and in particular the complete prohibition and abstinence from practices that constitute torture or inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment are components of a rule of law”, emphasizes the Administrative Commissioner in her statement.

    It reminds that this year marks 15 years since the Republic of Cyprus ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention, according to which the Commissioner for the Administration and Protection of Human Rights was designated as the national body of visits, but also that the Commissioner, in the context of his powers as the National Mechanism for the Prevention of The Office of Torture (NRM) regularly conducts unannounced visits to places where persons are deprived or likely to be deprived of their freedom, with the aim of identifying any acts or behaviors that may constitute torture and to eliminate any form of inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

    Furthermore, he adds, “investing in prevention and on the basis of our competence for the prevention of torture and ill-treatment of persons deprived of their liberty, in addition to visits, we carry out on a regular basis training and education of the staff of places of detention or limitation in relation to the above with a view to minimizing incidents of ill-treatment”.

    The Administrative Commissioner finally emphasizes that “the fight against and prevention of torture is a primary and continuous goal of our activities both under our authority as a Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture as well as under the other responsibilities of the Institution so that we are constantly alert, since torture and human nature are opposite concepts and in no case can it be tolerated”.

    Source: cyprustimes.com

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