A/HRC/RES/55/12 United Nations General Assembly Distr.: General 5 April 2024 Original: English Human Rights Council Fifty-fifth session 26 February–5 April 2024 Agenda item 3 Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development Resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council on 3 April 2024 55/12. Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment: effective national legislative, administrative, judicial or other measures to prevent acts of torture The Human Rights Council, Recalling all resolutions on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment adopted by the General Assembly, the Commission on Human Rights and the Human Rights Council, in particular Council resolution 46/15 of 23 March 2021, Recalling also that the prohibition of torture is a jus cogens norm and that freedom from torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment is a nonderogable right under international law, including international human rights law and international humanitarian law, that must be respected and protected under all circumstances, including in times of international and non-international armed conflict or internal disturbances and tensions or any other public emergency, that the absolute prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment is affirmed in the relevant international instruments and that legal and procedural safeguards against such acts must not be subject to measures that would circumvent this right, Recalling further the Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials, the Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials, the Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment, the United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders (the Bangkok Rules), the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Nelson Mandela Rules), the United Nations Rules for the Protection of Juveniles Deprived of their Liberty, the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Administration of Juvenile Justice (the Beijing Rules), the Principles on Effective Interviewing for Investigations and Information-Gathering and the Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (Istanbul Protocol), Recalling in particular article 2 of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, according to which each State party shall take effective legislative, administrative, judicial or other measures to prevent acts of torture in any territory under its jurisdiction, GE.24-06238 (E)

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