Home | English | Publications | Reports | Surviving Rape in Iran's Prisons

Surviving Rape in Iran's Prisons

The Committee on Torture, the body charged with monitoring compliance with CAT, has found that rape of detained women by police constitutes torture.53 The International Criminal Tribunals for both the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda have also ruled that rape in detention is a form of torture.54

[52] ECOSOC, Commission on Human Rights, Summary Record of the 21st Meeting, ¶ 35, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/1992/SR.21 (Feb. 21, 1992); See also Statement by Manfred Nowak, Special Rapporteur on Torture to the 13th session of the Human Rights Council (Mar. 8, 2010), available at http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=9918&LangID=E (reiterating that “rape in custody always constitutes torture”).
[53] See, e.g., C.T. and K.M. v. Sweden, CAT/C/37/D/279/2005, U.N. Committee Against Torture, Nov. 17, 2006, available at http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/docid/47975b00c.html (finding that repeated rapes of detained woman by Rwandan authorities constituted torture); V. L. v. Switzerland, CAT/C/37/D/262/2005, U.N. Committee Against Torture, Nov. 20, 2006, available at http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/docid/47975afd21.html (finding that rape by Belarus police constituted torture).
[54] See, e.g., Prosecutor v. Kunarac, et al., No. IT-96-23 & It-96-23/1-A, Appeal Chamber Judgment, ¶ 150 (June 12, 2002), available at http://www.icty.org/x/cases/kunarac/acjug/en/kun-aj020612e.pdf (stating that “sexual violence necessarily gives rise to severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, and in this way justifies its characterization as an act of torture”); Prosecutor v. Akayesu, No. ICTR-96-4-T, Judgment, ¶ 687 (Sept. 2, 1998), available at http://69.94.11.53/ENGLISH/cases/Akayesu/judgement/akay001.htm#7_6 (stating that “rape in fact constitutes torture when it is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity”).

« 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 »
  • Email to a friend Email to a friend
  • Print version Print version
  • Plain text Plain text

Tagged as:

Imprisonment, Sexual Violence, Torture, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment, Punishment