Convention Against Torture (CAT)

SARTHAK IAS
The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (commonly known as the United Nations Convention against Torture (UNCAT)) is an international human rights treaty, under the review of the United Nations, that aims to prevent torture and other acts of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment around the world.
The Convention requires states to take effective measures to prevent torture in any territory under their jurisdiction, and forbids states to transport people to any country where there is reason to believe they will be tortured.
Convention Against Torture (CAT) and India
The Convention Against Torture (CAT) came into force in 1987 and India signed it in 1997, however it is yet to ratify it. Efforts to bring a standalone law against torture have lapsed.
Today, the CAT has 162 state parties; 83 are signatories. In refusing to ratify the CAT, India is in the inglorious company of Angola, the Bahamas, Brunei

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