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Prohibition of torture


Article 3

No one shall be subjected to torture or to onhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in all circumstances. Human dignity must be respected, even in detention. Acts of torture or ill-treatment must be consided as criminal offences. Protection against torture is a universally acknowledged principle and is not disputed in international law; there are special conventions in this field drawn up by the Council of Europe (e.g. the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings) and by the United Nations.

IN PRACTICE, the prohibition of torture applies, for example, to…
Police brutality during interrogation
Extradition and deportation

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Prevention of torture
European prison reform
Corporal punishments

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Detention conditions and treatment of prisoners
Prisoners health rights
Forced labour and trafficking
Expulsions and extraditions
Terrorism
Violence against women
Child protection
Racial discrimination
Roma and travellers

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