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Interim report of the Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (thematic report on the SMR on treatment of prisoners) August 2013

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The August 2013 interim report of the Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment focuses on the revisions of the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners. In this report, the Special Rapporteur reflects on targeted areas of review and offers a set of procedural standards and safeguards from the perspective of the prohibition of torture or other ill-treatment that should, as a matter of law and policy, be applied, at a minimum, to all cases of deprivation of liberty.

The report states that the revision of the Rules offers a good opportunity to insist on the obligation of authorities to ensure free, fair and transparent access to a facility’s medical services by providing a sufficient number of qualified, independent physicians in all facilities. The Rules should insist on the obligation to guarantee the availability of prompt, impartial, adequate and consensual medical and psychological examination upon the admission of each detainee.

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