General Discussion on the right to liberty and security

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The UN Human Rights Committee is preparing for a General Discussion on article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Article 9 describes some of the most important safeguards for all persons arrested or detained.

In advance of the Human Rights Committee’s discussion on the preparation for a new General Comment on article 9 (Liberty and Security of Person), the APT has submitted some preliminary observations, highlighting the risks of ill-treatment to persons in detention and the safeguards which reduce such risks.

The Human Rights Committee will be holding a half day of general discussion in preparation for the new General Comment in Palais des Nations on 25 October 2012. More information is available from the OHCHR webpages.