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[Press release] Torture and mistreatment: France in front of the experts of the United Nations

April 2010

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April 2010, Paris-Geneva

During its 44th session, the 27th and 28th of next April, the Committee Against Torture (CAT) of the United Nations will examine the French reports on the application of the Convention Against Torture. On this occasion, ACAT France and FIACAT are publishing an alternative report that illuminates the violations that the French report prefers to keep quiet.

In their alternative report , ACAT France and FIACAT address their misgivings to the experts of the Committee, in particular on the situation of detained persons and those seeking asylum.

“A request for asylum is too often a veritable obstacle course. The seeker may be confronted with a risk of being sent back to a country where torture is widespread. The French authorities accept such a risk in violation of the absolute ban on torture,” said Florence Boreil, Director of Programming for ACAT France.

The situation of certain detained persons is not enviable. Mistreatment may take the form of prison overpopulation, attacks on physical integrity, and special diets. Beyond the declarations of intention, France must commit itself in front of the experts to remedy the situation.

ACAT France and FIACAT are also deeply concerned by the absence of criminal proceedings against those suspected of committing torture and inhuman and degrading treatment who are in French territory.

ACAT France and FIACAT expect solutions that are rapid and respectful of human rights from France.

- Florence Boreil: Director of Programming, France +33 (0)1 40 40 28/ +33 (0)6 70 03 95 18 florence.boreil@acatfrance.fr
- Nathalie Jeannin: FIACAT Permanent Representative to the United Nations +41 78 74 99 328 n.jeannin@fiacat.org

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