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August 2000

Preventing Torture: International and Regional Mechanisms to Combat Torture

This paper details international and regional mechanism for the prevention of torture. It profiles arrangements at the UN and other international bodies, as well as regional mechanisms in Africa, Europe and the Americas. It also provides a definition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment, and outlines state obligations under international law.

© 2000 Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT)

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Didier Rouget

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The appendix provides a comparative chart of three regional human rights courts, a list of useful addresses, a bibliography and notes.

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