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UK Government reaffirms its commitment to combat torture

Lord Ahmad urges states to sign, ratify and implement the UN Convention Against Torture and its Optional Protocol.

On the 2017 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, FCO Minister for Human Rights, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, said:

The UK government condemns torture in all circumstances, and I call on governments around the world to eradicate this abhorrent practice.

We are continuing to work hard to combat torture, including supporting NGOs to undertake independent monitoring and inspection of places of detention.

I urge states that have not yet done so to sign, ratify and implement the UN Convention Against Torture and its Optional Protocol. By taking this step, countries will be making a clear statement about their commitment to end torture and to deliver justice to victims of torture and their families.

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