General comment no. 3 UN Committee for the Prevention of Torture

The Committee against Torture, the United Nations treaty body entrusted with monitoring compliance with the Convention Against Torture as well as the interpretation of its provisions, adopted the General Comment No. 3, which defines the obligations of States towards torture victims. These include states obligation to ensure in its legal system that the victim of an act of torture obtains redress and has an enforceable right to fair and adequate compensation, including the means for as full rehabilitation as possible, guarantees of non-repetition, and right to truth. Although general comments are not legally binding, they exceed the advisory nature when dealing with the interpretation of international norms, and when determining the scope and content of certain articles of the Convention.

Serbia has ratified the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment on 20th June 1991. The Ratification Act (“Official Gazette of SFRY – International Treaties” no. 9/91 of 02.08.1991.)

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