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Torture and the United Nations: Charter and Treaty Based Monitoring provides an up-to-date and critical evaluation of the achievements and shortcomings of the United Nations monitoring framework for prohibition of torture. The analysis is highly topical in view of recent and proposed restructuring of the UN human rights bodies and the debate surrounding the prohibition of torture.
Amrita Mukherjee examines the functions, procedures, and performance of the more specialised bodies monitoring the implementation of the prohibition of torture. The work of the Human Rights Committee, the Committee against Torture and the Special Rapporteur on the question of torture which together form the core of UN Charter and Treaty Based Monitoring is examined extensively.
In order to assess the impact of the monitoring system, the second part of the book looks at the contrasting experiences of the United Kingdom and India both of which have participated in the development of international human rights policy. A number of issues are examined in this context: the role and status of the public institutions that incorporate human rights standards; the anti-terrorism legislation and administration employed to respond to the increased security risks since September 11th, 2001; the preventative safeguards in place and how they have operated in practice and also the treatment of prisoners and conditions in places of detention. The aim is to further understanding as to how two States have responded to the spheres of influence of the UN human rights bodies under the special procedures and treaties and applied them to their legal and administrative systems.
The book will be useful to academics, scholars, and advanced students of Public International Law; UN Law; International Human Rights Law; and the Law of International Institutions.