CAT/UPR Consultation in DC

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Tue Oct 14, 2014 - 2:00pm EDT
Main State Department Building
21st St entrance between Virginia Ave and C St NW
Rooms 1498 and 1499 in the Marshall Center
Washington, DC
United States

From the State Department:

The State Department invites you to participate in two civil society consultations with representatives from various United States government agencies on Tuesday, October 14.

The first consultation, on the morning of October 14, relates to U.S. implementation of its obligations under the Convention Against Torture (CAT), in preparation for the November 2014 presentation by the U.S. government on its 2013 CAT Periodic Report before the CAT Committee in Geneva. This consultation will also be an opportunity to address Universal Periodic Review (UPR) recommendations supported, in whole or in part, by the United States that relate to torture.

The second consultation, led by the Departments of Justice and Defense on the afternoon of October 14, in the same location, will address UPR Issue Group 4 recommendations supported, in whole or in part, by the United States that relate to national security. A list of the UPR recommendations relevant to the afternoon session can be found at the bottom of this page.

The CAT/UPR consultation on the Convention Against Torture and torture-related UPR recommendations will take place on Tuesday, October 14 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the George Marshall Auditorium in the Main State Department Building (21st St entrance between Virginia Ave and C St NW).  There will also be an option to dial-in by phone.

The UPR Issue Group 4 consultation on national security-related UPR recommendations will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 PM in the same location, also with a dial-in option.

Please RSVP to no later than Thursday, October 9 with the following information: (i) your name, (ii) institutional affiliation, (iii) whether you will attend one of the consultations or both and (iv) whether you will participate in person or by telephone. Based on your acceptance of this invitation, the State Department will provide additional information to facilitate your entry into the Marshall Center and participation in either or both of the consultations. Written statements provided in advance are strongly encouraged, and will be given priority on the agenda. Please e-mail any advance written statements to by Tuesday October 7, so that we may review them prior to the event.  We also encourage all civil society organizations to send their UPR and CAT Shadow Reports to, so that they may be reviewed.

Call in info:

USA Toll-Free:  (877)336-1831

USA Caller Paid/International Toll:  (404)443-6397

ACCESS CODE:  8773671


Accepted UPR Recommendations

Below are the recommendations that the United States received during the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review process and accepted, either in whole or in part, related to national security.

US Supports:

58: Make fully consistent all domestic anti-terrorism legislation and action with human rights standards.

66: Enact a federal crime of torture, consistent with the Convention, and also encompassing acts described as ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’.

89: Consider the possibility of inviting relevant mandate holders as follow up to the 2006 joint-study by the 5 special procedures, in view of the decision of the current Administration to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

90: Respond and follow-up appropriately the recommendations formulated to the United States by the Special Rapporteur for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental 6 Freedoms while Countering Terrorism.

139: That measures be taken to eradicate all forms of torture and ill treatment of detainees by military or civilian personnel, in any territory of jurisdiction, and that any such acts be thoroughly investigated.

146: Define torture as a federal offense in line with the Convention against Torture and investigate, prosecute and punish those responsible of crimes of extraterritorial torture.

149: Observe the Amnesty International 12 points program to prevent torture perpetrated by government agents.

159: Close without any delay all detention facilities at the Guantanamo Bay as President Barack Obama has promised.

160: Find for all persons still detained in the Guantanamo Bay detention center a solution in line with the United States obligations regarding the foundations of international and human rights law, in particular with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

161: Halt all transfer detainees to third countries unless there are adequate safeguards to ensure that they will be treated in accordance with international law requirements.

176: Respect the human rights of prisoners of war, guaranteed by the penal norms.

188: Adopt a set of legislative and administrative measures aimed at ensuring prohibition of the use by state and local authorities of modern technology for excessive and unjustified intervention in citizens’ private life.

218: Do not prosecute those arrested for terrorist crimes or any other crime in exceptional tribunals or jurisdictions, but bring them to judicial instances legally established, with the protection of due process and under all the guarantees of the American Constitution.

US Supports In Part:

59:Legislate appropriate regulations to prevent the violations of individual privacy, constant intrusion in and control of cyberspace as well as eavesdropping of communications, by its intelligence and security organizations.

60: Take effective legal steps to halt human rights violations by its military forces and private security firms in Afghanistan and other States.

88: Invite United Nations Special Rapporteurs to visit and investigate Guantanamo Bay prison and United States secret prisons and to subsequently close them.7

136: Take legal and administrative measures to address civilian killings by the US military troops during and after its invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq by investigating and bringing perpetrators to justice and remedying the victims and to close its detention facilities in foreign territories like Guantanamo, including CIA secret camps.

137: Prosecute the perpetrators of tortures, extrajudicial executions and other serious violations of human rights committed in Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, Bagram, the NAMA and BALAD camps, and those carried out by the Joint Special Operations Command and the CIA.

138: Heed the call of the High Commissioner to launch credible independent investigations into all reliable allegations made to date of violations of international human rights law committed by American forces in Iraq, including extrajudicial killings, summary executions, and other abuses.

140: Stop the war crimes committed by its troops abroad, including the killings of innocent civilians and prosecute those who are responsible.

142: Halt selective assassinations committed by contractors, and the privatization of conflicts with the use of private military companies.

143: End the use of military technology and weaponry that have proven to be indiscriminate and cause excessive and disproportionate damage to civilian life.

147: Conduct thorough and objective investigation of facts concerning use of torture against imprisoned persons in the secret prisons of United States of America and detainees of the detention centres in Bagram and Guantanamo, bring those who are responsible for these violations to justice, and undertake all necessary measures to provide redress to those whose rights were violated, including payment of necessary compensation.

148: Take measures to ensure reparation to victims of acts of torture committed under United States’ control and allow access to the International Committee of the Red Cross to detention facilities under the control of the United States.

155: Close Guantanamo and secret centers of detention in the world, punish agents that torture, disappear and execute persons who have been arbitrarily detained, and compensate victims.

156: Expedite efforts aimed at closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and ensure that all remaining detainees are tried, without delay, in accordance with the relevant international standards; Proceed with the closure of Guantanamo at the earliest possible date and bring to trial promptly in accordance with the applicable rules of international law the detainees held there or release them.

157: Quickly close down Guantanamo prison and follow the provision of the United Nations Charter and the Security Council Resolution by expatriating the terrorist suspect to their country of origin.

166: Take effective measures to put an end to gross human rights abuses including violence against women, committed for decades by the United States military personnel stationed in foreign bases.

187: Guarantee the right to privacy and stop spying on its citizens without judicial authorization.

217:Halt serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law including covert external operations by the CIA, carried out on the pretext of combating terrorism.

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