United Nations

General Assembly

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23 March 2016
Original: English

Human Rights Council
Thirty-first session
Agenda item 3
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil,
political, economic, social and cultural rights,
including the right to development
Albania, Andorra,* Argentina,* Armenia,* Australia,* Austria,* Belgium, Benin,*
Bosnia and Herzegovina,* Brazil,* Bulgaria,* Canada,* Chile,* Costa Rica,*
Croatia,* Cyprus,* Czech Republic,* Denmark,* Djibouti,* Estonia,* Finland,*
France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece,* Honduras,* Hungary,* Iceland,*
Ireland,* Italy,* Latvia, Liechtenstein,* Lithuania,* Luxembourg,* Malta,* Mexico,
Montenegro,* Morocco, New Zealand,* Norway,* Panama, Paraguay, Peru,*
Poland,* Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova,* Romania,* San
Marino,* Slovakia,* Slovenia, Spain,* Sweden,* Switzerland, the former Yugoslav
Republic of Macedonia, Tunisia,* Turkey,* Ukraine,* United Kingdom of Great
Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America,* Uruguay:* draft resolution

31/… Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or
punishment: safeguards to prevent torture during police custody
and pretrial detention
The Human Rights Council,
Recalling all resolutions on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
or punishment adopted by the General Assembly, the Commission on Human Rights and
the Human Rights Council,
Recognizing that law enforcement officials play a vital role in the protection of the
right to life, liberty and security, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights and reaffirmed in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,
Recognizing also the role of law enforcement officials in serving the community and
protecting all persons against acts of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading
treatment or punishment, consistent with the important role of their profession, and that, in
the performance of their duty, law enforcement officials are obligated to respect and protect
the human rights of all persons,

* Non-member State of the Human Rights Council.


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