UN’s Universal declaration of human rights – article 5 concerning torture

1948 UN

Article 5: No one shall be subjected to torture, or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. There is one absolute prohibition in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) that is universally accepted as unequivocal: Article 5’s ban on torture. At times, states may have disputed the definition of what constitutes torture, but virtually none now openly defend the practice, even if some still carry it out in what the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights described as “some of the darkest corners of our planet.”

Key wordsConvention against Torture / torture / torture prevention