Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018

Italy torture law not compliant, must be changed - UN (3)


Geneva, December 6 - Italy's recently approved law
introducing the crime of torture does not comply with the United
Nations Convention against torture and must be changed, the UN
Committee against torture said Wednesday.
Among the other issues raised by the committee, which
presented its report in November, were some aspects of migration
policy including the accord with Libya, and the tough 41-bis
prison regime for mafiosi.
While noting that the recent law introduces torture as a
"specific crime", the Committee deems its definition "incomplete
in so far as it does not mention the purpose of the act in
Further, the crime does not include the details of the
author, with a reference to public officials.
The law also contains a "significantly more reduced
definition compared with that contained in the Convention and
sets a higher threshold for the crime".
For these reasons, the Committee urges Italy to "bring the
content of Article 631-bis of the Criminal Code into line with
Article 1 of the Constitution, eliminating all superfluous
elements and identifying the author and the motivating factors
or reasons for the use of torture".
The crime of torture was introduced after criticism it was
not present in the Italian criminal code after episodes of
police brutality including at the Group of Seven summit in Genoa
in 2001.

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