JCHR Press Notice 05-06 No. 40

No. 40 of Session 2005-06 24 May 2006

Forthcoming Publication

The UN Convention Against Torture (UNCAT)

The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) publishes its Nineteenth Report of Session 2005-06, The UN Convention Against Torture (UNCAT), on Friday 26 May 2006 at 00.01 am.

The Report will be published as House of Lords Paper 185-I, House of Commons Paper 701-I and the oral and written evidence will be published as House of Lords Paper 185-II, House of Commons Paper 701-II.

Advance copies for press and witnesses will be available from 10.00 am on Thursday 25 May under embargo.

This Report assesses the UK's compliance with the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (UNCAT), which sets out a number of guarantees against torture as well as positive obligations on states in relation to the prevention of torture. The United Kingdom, which is a party to UNCAT, regularly submits reports to the UN Committee which supervises it, detailing UK compliance with rights under the Convention. This Report takes as its starting point the latest set of Concluding Observations issued by the UN Committee in December 2004.