Combating Torture: A Manual for Judges and Prosecutors

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Combating Torture

A Manual for Judges and Prosecutors

By Conor Foley

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About the manual

This manual outlines the duties and responsibilities of judges and prosecutors to prevent and investigate acts of torture, and other forms of ill-treatment, to ensure that those who perpetrate such acts are brought to justice and to provide redress for their victims. It also provides practical advice, drawn from best practice, about how torture can be combated at a procedural level. Although primarily aimed at judges and prosecutors, it can be used as a resource by defence lawyers and others concerned with the prevention and investigation of acts of torture. A well-informed and sensitised legal profession has a vital role to play in eradicating torture and this manual is also aimed at helping its members to fulfil that professional function.

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This manual should be seen as complementary to The Torture Reporting Handbook, produced by the University of Essex. A second handbook in the series has been produced by the Human Rights Centre, Reporting Killings as Human Rights Violations.

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New language versions now available

Armenian: The Armenian language version of the Manual is available to download:
the handbook (Armenian) (.pdf)

Serbian: The Serbian language version of the Manual is available to download:
the handbook (Serbian) (.pdf)

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