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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL977, tabled on 9 July 2014

To ask Her Majesty's Government what further action they plan to take to prevent torture globally; to which countries they are giving priority; and what steps they envisage for bringing to justice those responsible, particularly in cases where British involvement is alleged.

Answered on

17 July 2014

The British Government consistently and unreservedly condemns torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and punishment, and it is a priority for us to combat it wherever and whenever it occurs. In my statement on 26 June to mark International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, I reaffirmed the UK's commitment to combat torture and encourage states to ratify the Convention against Torture: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/foreign-office-marks-international-day-in-support-of-victims-of-torture-2014. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Strategy for the Prevention of Torture, published in October 2011, further sets out our work in this field and applies globally.

The policy of the British Government is clear: we do not participate in, solicit or encourage the use of torture or cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment. We neither condone such activity, nor do we ask others to do it on our behalf. We remain committed to ensuring that any allegations of UK involvement in torture are treated seriously, examined thoroughly and can be investigated by the police with full co-operation from the British Government.