Economic and Social
15 December 2004
COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
Item 11 (a) of the provisional agenda
CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE QUESTIONS OF
TORTURE AND DETENTION
Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the question of torture, Theo van Boven
The Special Rapporteur on the question of torture, Theo van Boven, submits his fourth
and final report to the Commission. Section I summarizes the activities of the Special
Rapporteur in 2004 since the submission of his interim report to the General Assembly. In
section II, the Special Rapporteur reports on his findings on the situation of trade in and
production of equipment which is specifically designed to inflict torture or other cruel, inhuman
or degrading treatment, its origin, destination and forms.
The summary of communications sent by the Special Rapporteur from
16 December 2003 to 30 November 2004, and the replies received thereto from Governments
by 15 December 2004, as well as a number of country-specific observations are found in
addendum 1 to the report. The summary of the information provided by Governments and
non-governmental organizations on the implementation of recommendations of the Special
Rapporteur following country visits is found in addendum 2.
Reissued for technical reasons.
GE.05-10483 (E) 270105