n South African Journal on Human Rights - A review of measures in place to effect the prevention and combating of torture with specific reference to places of detention in South Africa : current developments




South Africa's ratification of the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) in 1998 did not bring an end to the torture and ill-treatment of people deprived of their liberty. South Africa has furthermore not criminalised the act of torture, as is required of states parties under art 4 of CAT. This is a serious shortcoming, as has been commented on by the Committee against Torture in its concluding remarks on the state party's Initial Report. Criminalising torture is, however, only one important strategic component of preventing and combating torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment.


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