United Nations General Assembly, Resolution 68/156: Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, U.N. Doc. A/RES/68/156 (December 18, 2013).
The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted this resolution in 2013. It reaffirms everyone’s right to be free from torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, and it stresses states’ responsibility to respect and protect this right.
In paragraph 28, the resolution “emphasizes that conditions of detention must respect the dignity and human rights of persons deprived of their liberty, highlights the importance of reflecting on this in efforts to promote respect for and protection of the rights of persons deprived of their liberty, calls upon States to address and prevent detention conditions that amount to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and notes in this regard concerns about solitary confinement, which may amount to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
Paragraph 9 “calls upon all States to implement effective measures to prevent torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, particularly in places of detention and other places where persons are deprived of their liberty, including legal and procedural safeguards, as well as education and training of personnel who may be involved in the custody, interrogation or treatment of any individual subjected to any form of arrest, detention or imprisonment.”
Keywords: international standards, international norms, human rights, freedom from torture, training