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U.S. compliance with the Convention against Torture

When the U.S. ratified the Convention against Torture (CAT) in 1994, it embraced legally binding obligations to refrain from acts of torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment. While some gains have been made in adherence to CAT requirements, there is a need for greater compliance in the area of jail and prison conditions.

This information sheet and references page were produced by the U.S. Human Rights Network Convention Against Torture Taskforce--of which AFSC's Office of Public Policy and Advocacy is a member--in anticipation of the 53rd Session of the Committee Against Torture in Geneva (November 2014). 

Created Date 
Nov 5, 2014