• Duško Dimitrijević Institute of International Politics and Economics


Torture, international law, protection mechanisms


In accordance with international law, torture and other forms of ill-treatment are absolutely prohibited everywhere and at all times. The prohibition of torture is considered a peremptory norm of international law (jus cogens). Numerous conventions in the field of international human rights law and international humanitarian law provide for the prohibition of torture as the most serious form of violation of the physical and mental integrity of an individual. International conventions stipulate the obligation of the contracting states to incriminate and punish the perpetrators of the crimes of torture on the principle of aut dedere aut punire. If torture was committed during the war, it is often attributed to other grave crimes such as war crimes and crimes against humanity. The study analyzes international legal standards on the prohibition of torture and provides appropriate explanations on the protection mechanisms for monitoring their application in international practice.


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