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E/CN.4/2004/56/Add.1

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UNITED

NATIONS




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Economic and Social

Council




Distr.


GENERAL
E/CN.4/2004/56/Add.1

23 March 2004


ENGLISH/FRENCH/SPANISH

ONLY


COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Sixtieth session

Item 11 (a) of the provisional agenda



CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE QUESTIONS OF: TORTURE AND DETENTION
Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment

Report of the Special Rapporteur, Theo van Boven


Addendum
Summary of information, including individual cases, transmitted to Governments and replies received*
Contents





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Introduction………….……………………………………………

General remarks………….………………………………………

Summary of cases transmitted and replies received………….…………………….

Albania………………………………………………...................

Algeria……………………………………………………………

Angola……………………………………………………….……

Argentina…………………………………………………………

Australia.........................................................................................

Austria……………………………………………………………

Azerbaijan......................................................................................

Bahrain…………………………………………………………

Bangladesh……………………………………………………….

Belarus……………………………………………………………

Belgium…………………………………………………………..

Belize……………………………………………………………..

Bolivia……………………………………………………………

Bosnia and Herzegovina…………………………………………

Brazil……………………………………………………………..

Bulgaria…………………………………………………………..

Burundi…………………………………………………………...

Cambodia…………………………………………………………

Cameroon…………………………………………………………

Canada…………………………………………………………….

Central African Republic…………………………………………

Chad………………………………………………………………

Chile………………………………………………………………

China……………………………………………………………...

Colombia………………………………………………………….

Congo……………………………………………………………..

Côte d’Ivoire………………………………………………………

Croatia…………………………………………………………….

Cuba……………………………………………………………….

Czech Republic……………………………………………………

Democratic Republic of the Congo……………………………….

Djibouti……………………………………………………………

Dominican Republic……………………………………………….

Ecuador…………………………………………………………….

Egypt……………………………………………………………….

Equatorial Guinea………………………………………………….

Eritrea………………………………………………………………

Ethiopia…………………………………………………………….

France………………………………………………………………

Gambia……………………………………………………………..

Georgia…………………………………………………………….

Greece………………………………………………………………

Guatemala………………………………………………………….




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Guinea…………………………………………………………….

Guinea-Bissau……………………………………………………

Haiti……………………………………………………………….

Honduras………………………………………………………….

India……………………………………………………………….

Indonesia………………………………………………………….

Iran (Islamic Republic of) ……………………………………......

Israel………………………………………………………………

Italy………………………………………………………………..

Jamaica…………………………………………………………….

Japan……………………………………………………………….

Jordan……………………………………………………………...

Kazakhstan…………………………………………………………

Kenya……………………………………………………………...

Kyrgyzstan..……………………………………………………….

Lao People’s Democratic Republic…………………………….…..

Lebanon…………………………………………………………….

Liberia…………………………………………………………….

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.………………………………...………..

Malaysia……………………………………………………….….

Maldives…………………………………………………………..

Mali……………………………………………………………….

Mauritania…………………………………………………………

Mauritius….……………………………………………………….

Mexico…………………………………………………………….

Mongolia………………………………………………………….

Morocco……………………………………………………………

Mozambique………………………………………………………

Myanmar………………………………………………………….

Namibia……………………………………………………………

Nepal……………………………………………………………….

Niger………………………………………………………………

Nigeria……………………………………………………………

Pakistan……………………………………………………………

Paraguay……………………………………………………………

Peru…………………………………………………………………

Philippines…………………………………………………………

Qatar………………………………………………………………

Republic of Korea………………………………………………

Romania……………………………………………………………

Russian Federation…………………………………………………

Rwanda……………………………………………………………

Saudi Arabia………………………………………………..………

Senegal……………………………………………………………

Serbia and Montenegro….…………………………………………


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Sierra Leone……………………………………………………….

Slovakia……………………………………………………………

Spain………………………………………………………………

Sri Lanka…………………………………………………………..

Sudan………………………………………………………………

Sweden……………………………………………………………

Switzerland…………………………………………………………

Syrian Arab Republic……………………………………...……….

Tajikistan…………………………………………………………

Thailand……………………………………………………………

Togo……………………………………………….………………

Tunisia…………………………………………………………….

Turkey…………………………………………………………….

Turkmenistan………………………………………………………

Uganda…………………………………………………………….

Ukraine…………………………………………………………….

United Arab Emirates……………………………………...……….

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland…..……….

United Republic of Tanzania……………………………...……….

United States of America………………………………….……….

Uruguay………….…………………………………………………

Uzbekistan…………………………………………………………

Venezuela………………………………………………….……….

Viet Nam…………………………………………………..……….

Yemen………………………………...……………………………

Zambia……………………………………………………………..

Zimbabwe………………………………………………………….

Information transmitted to the Palestinian Authority………………

Information transmitted to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Kosovo…………………………………

Information transmitted to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.……………………….……………………………

Information received from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).……………………….……………………………


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Introduction

  1. This addendum to the report of the Special Rapporteur contains, on a country-by-country basis, summaries of general allegations and individual cases, as well as of urgent appeals, and government replies. The Special Rapporteur would like to recall that in transmitting allegations and urgent appeals to Governments, he does not make any judgement concerning the merits of the cases, nor does he support the opinion and activities of the persons on behalf of whom he intervenes. The prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment is a non‑derogable right, and every human being is legally and morally entitled to protection. When the Special Rapporteur receives reliable information that gives grounds to fear that a person may be at risk of torture or other forms of ill-treatment, he may transmit an urgent appeal to the Government concerned. The urgent appeals sent by the Special Rapporteur have a humanitarian and preventive purpose, and do not require the exhaustion of domestic remedies. The letters sent to Governments contain summaries of individual cases of torture and, where applicable, include general references to the phenomenon of torture. In these letters, the Special Rapporteur requests the Government concerned to clarify the substance of the allegations and urges it to take steps to investigate them, prosecute and impose appropriate sanctions on any persons guilty of torture.




  1. Observations by the Special Rapporteur have also been included where applicable. Such observations, which sometimes note the most recent findings of other supervisory bodies, in particular United Nations treaty bodies, are usually made when the information suggests that there may be a problem extending beyond the exceptional or isolated incident. The fact that there is no such observation in respect of a particular country merely reflects the state of information brought to the attention of the mandate, and does not necessarily mean that there is no substantial problem in that country.




  1. During the period under review, i.e. from 15 December 2002 to 15 December 2003, the Special Rapporteur sent 154 letters to 76 countries. The Special Rapporteur also sent 71 letters reminding Governments of a number of cases that had been transmitted in previous years, and 369 urgent appeals to 80 Governments on behalf of individuals with regard to whom serious fears had been expressed that they might be subjected to torture and other forms of ill-treatment.




  1. Owing to restrictions on the length of documents, the Special Rapporteur has been obliged to reduce considerably details of communications sent and received. As a result, requests from Governments to publish their replies in their totality could not be acceded to. Information concerning the follow-up by Governments to the country‑visit recommendations of the Special Rapporteur is included in document E/CN.4/2004/56/Add.3.



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