apt: Torture prevention is an essential part of the sustainable development agenda


Thursday, June 13, 2019

By Mervat Rishmawi, board member of the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) and Jean-Sébastien Blanc, Director of Thematic Programmes at the APT.

UN Photo / Harandane Dicko

The Sustainable Development Goals cannot be achieved without considering torture prevention.

The upcoming review of Goal 16 (“promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”), during the meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development from 9 to 18 July in New York, provides an opportunity to reflect the tight links between torture prevention and sustainable development.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development not only aims to focus on the environmental, social and economic dimensions of development, it also resolves to protect human rights, rule of law, justice and equality. Prevention of torture, and other forms of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment (CIDT), is therefore an important part of this promise. While torture appears only once in the targets of the Agenda, many of these targets are directly relevant to the prevention of torture and CIDT.

Read the entire blog post at: https://www.apt.ch/en/blog/torture-prevention-is-an-essential-part-of-the-sustainable-development-agenda/