Details of Treaty No.126

European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
Title European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
Reference ETS No.126
Opening of the treaty Strasbourg, 26/11/1987  - Treaty open for signature by the member States and for accession by non-member States
Entry into Force 01/02/1989  - 7 Ratifications.
Summary

The Convention provides for the setting up of an international committee empowered to visit all places where persons are deprived of their liberty by a public authority. The committee, composed of independent experts, may make recommendations and suggest improvements in order to strengthen, if necessary, the protection of persons visited from torture and from inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

This preventive, non-judicial machinery is an important addition to the system of protection already existing under the European Convention on Human Rights (ETS No. 5).

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