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Torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and punishment are absolutely prohibited in any circumstances and can never be justified. To respect this prohibition, States not only have an obligation not to subject persons to torture or ill-treatment, but also positive obligation to fulfil the right to be free from torture: they must adopt a series of procedural safeguards that will prevent torture or ill-treatment and they must...

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Prison authorities have a positive obligation to prevent violence amongst the detainees they are responsible for. This responsibility includes a duty of care and the adoption of preventive measures to reduce the risk of violence as well as to protect the most vulnerable detainees.

Overcrowding, a lack of personnel, corruption, a disregard for the principle of detainee separation, the absence of complaint and oversight...

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Torture and ill-treatment

Torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and punishment are absolutely prohibited in any circumstances and can never be justified. To respect this prohibition, States not only have an obligation not to subject persons to torture or ill-treatment, but also positive obligation to fulfil the right to be free from torture: they must adopt a series of procedural safeguards that will prevent torture or ill-treatment and they must...

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Inter-detainee violence

Prison authorities have a positive obligation to prevent violence amongst the detainees they are responsible for. This responsibility includes a duty of care and the adoption of preventive measures to reduce the risk of violence as well as to protect the most vulnerable detainees.

Overcrowding, a lack of personnel, corruption, a disregard for the principle of detainee separation, the absence of complaint and oversight...

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