UN General Assembly

Each year the United Nations General Assembly adopts a resolution on torture.

Adopted by consensus by all member States of the UN, the resolution reflects the latest agreed standards on torture prohibition and prevention.

In addition, the General Assembly has proclaimed resolutions that contain international human rights standards or principles on topics related to torture.  Such non-binding standards and principles are often referred to as “soft-law” standards. Relevant examples adopted by UN General Assembly resolution are the Nelson Mandela Rules and the United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders (the Bangkok Rules).