An Update on the Implementation of the EU Guidelines on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

22-09-2009

This study analyses the implementation of the EU Guidelines on policy regarding torture. It is a follow-up of the bigger study commissioned by the Subcommittee on Human Rights delivered in April 2007 entitled "The Implementation of the EU Guidelines on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment". Due to the problems discovered in that study in 2007, a follow-up analysis was considered necessary. Accordingly this study focuses specifically on the actions taken by the Council, the Commission and the EU Member States to overcome the deficiencies mentioned in the 2007 study, including knowledge of the Guidelines among Heads of Missions and European Commission Delegations. It details the positive action has been taken to improve the relationship and communication between the Commission Delegations on the one hand, and the local NGOs and civil society actors on the other. Overall, the author recognises the effort and progress made since 2007 and sees clear improvement in terms of the general awareness. However, in order to ensure effective implementation, the study argues that more needs to be done to provide training to EU and Member State diplomats, and to facilitate access to accurate information and guidance in order to facilitate the work of EU stakeholders in third countries.

This study analyses the implementation of the EU Guidelines on policy regarding torture. It is a follow-up of the bigger study commissioned by the Subcommittee on Human Rights delivered in April 2007 entitled "The Implementation of the EU Guidelines on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment". Due to the problems discovered in that study in 2007, a follow-up analysis was considered necessary. Accordingly this study focuses specifically on the actions taken by the Council, the Commission and the EU Member States to overcome the deficiencies mentioned in the 2007 study, including knowledge of the Guidelines among Heads of Missions and European Commission Delegations. It details the positive action has been taken to improve the relationship and communication between the Commission Delegations on the one hand, and the local NGOs and civil society actors on the other. Overall, the author recognises the effort and progress made since 2007 and sees clear improvement in terms of the general awareness. However, in order to ensure effective implementation, the study argues that more needs to be done to provide training to EU and Member State diplomats, and to facilitate access to accurate information and guidance in order to facilitate the work of EU stakeholders in third countries.

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SVENSSON-McCARTHY Anna-Lena (lawyer and human rights consultant)