Monitoring and Investigating Torture, Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, and Prison Conditions
Torture can take various forms, and some of the most common methods are described below. They include: beatings, imposition of electric shocks, hanging by the arms or legs, rape, sexual assault, or the threat of rape or sexual assault, mock executions, etc. In 1966, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) which stipulates, in its article 7, that No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or
degrading treatment or punishment. In particular, no one shall be subjected without his free consent to medical or scientific experimentation. The aim of the provisions of article 7 of the ICCPR is to protect both the dignity and the physical and mental integrity of the individual.
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