Statement by the Coalition of International NGOs Against Torture
The CINAT calls on all members of the Commission on Human Rights to categorically re-affirm that torture is strictly prohibited under international human rights and humanitarian law and its prohibition is a norm of jus cogens.
The 59th session of the Commission on Human Rights should take appropriate action and make clear statements that insist that torture can never be justified under any circumstances. As a non-derogable right, freedom from torture must be actively defended, including in times of crisis.
Member States should preserve the integrity and effectiveness of the UN human rights mechanisms. We therefore invite those States, that have not yet done so, to sign, ratify and implement the UN Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment as a matter of priority. We also call upon States Party to the UNCAT to sign or ratify the Optional Protocol on 26th June - the International Day in Support of Torture Victims.
2 April 2003 Geneva