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U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture; Anti-Torture Initiative; American University, Washington College of Law's Center for human Rights and Humanitarian Law


The aim of this consultation with experts is to ensure that the Special Rapporteur receives the necessary exposure to the different practices, international standards and jurisprudence, and expert opinions that will help him draft his forthcoming thematic report for the United Nations Human Rights Council. The report will focus on assessing the unique experiences of women, girl children and LGBTI persons from the perspective of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and punishment (“CIDTP”) in international law. The consultation will focus on specific practices where the mistreatment rises to the level of torture or CIDTP to identify gaps in protection, state obligations, and best practices.

The thematic report will specifically consider practices such as, inter alia, violence and discrimination against women, girls, and LGBTI persons; conflict-related sexual violence; domestic violence; custody and detention practices; honour-based violence, human trafficking, reproductive rights and healthcare, and other cultural practices that uniquely or disproportionately affect women and LGBTI individuals. The purpose of examining these practices will be to determine whether higher or modified standards are required to ensure adequate protection of women, girls, and LGBTI persons. The discussions will cover practices that are already classified as torture, identify new practices requiring specific attention or modified standards to combat and prevent torture and other ill-treatment, and examine best practices.

This consultation is intended to help the Special Rapporteur determine priorities for the forthcoming report, and to facilitate a focused discussion of key issues pertaining to gender perspectives on torture. The preliminary research and questions identified below, whilst not comprehensive, are intended to provide a basis for and a guide to the discussion between the experts and the Special Rapporteur. It is hoped that the consultation will help shed light on a broad range of topics and perspectives, with a view to identifying existing gaps in law and practice and fleshing out necessary protective and preventive mechanisms to ensure that women, girls, and LGBTI persons are adequately protected from torture and other ill-treatment in a variety of contexts.