Unilateral declarations by Member States against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

  • Author: UN General Assembly (32nd sess. : 1977)
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    8 December 1977

32. RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED ON THE REPORTS OF THE THIRD COMMITTEE
64. Unilateral declarations by Member States against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment

The General Assembly, Bearing in mind that the principles proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations concerning the dignity and worth of the human person place upon Member States the obligation to promote universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, Recalling article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights[1] and article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,[2] which stipulate that no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Recalling also the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Being Subjected to Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, unanimously adopted by its resolution 3452 (XXX) of 9 December 1975, as well as its resolution 31/85 of 13 December 1976, Recognizing the necessity for further international action in the form of a convention for the elimination of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Recognizing also the importance of action by Member States to develop and utilize their national machinery to eliminate torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,

1. Calls upon all Member States to reinforce their support of the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Being Subjected to Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment by making unilateral declarations against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, along the lines of the text which is annexed to the present resolution, and depositing them with the Secretary-General;

2. Urges all Member States to give maximum publicity to their unilateral declarations against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment;

3. Requests the Secretary-General to inform the General Assembly, in annual reports, of such unilateral declarations against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment as may be deposited by Member States.

98th plenary meeting
8 December 1977

ANNEX Model unilateral declaration against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment

The Government of........ hereby declares its intention:

(a) To comply with the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Being Subjected to Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (General Assembly resolution 3452 (XXX), annex);

(b) To implement, through legislation and other effective measures, the provisions of the said Declaration.



[1] Resolution 217 A (III). [2] Resolution 2200 A (XXI), annex.
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