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Input for the Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

The HHC’s input for the Special Rapporteur’s report on “Psychosocial dynamics conducive to torture and ill-treatment”

In the framework of preparing a report on psychosocial dynamics conducive to torture and ill-treatment, the Special Rapporteur on Torture invited states, civil society, experts and other stakeholders to provide, by 21 June 2020, input on the relevant psychosocial dynamics conducive to torture and ill-treatment and on recommended normative, institutional and policy measures of prevention and mitigation.

In the report, the Special Rapporteur aims to explore some of the predominant psychosocial dynamics which, in practice, tend to undermine, circumvent or even paralyse institutional checks and balances, thereby creating environments of unchecked power conducive not only to corruption but also to torture and ill-treatment. The larger purpose of the report is to show that the widespread practice of torture and ill-treatment, as well as societal acquiescence or support for such abuse, are deeply rooted in collective psychosocial behavioural patterns, which either remain largely unconscious to the human mind, or are based on fundamentally flawed rationalizations and severely distorted perceptions of reality.

The Hungarian Helsinki Committee has been representing victims of ill-treatment by law enforcement officers before the domestic courts and the European Court of Human Rights for decades, and has conducted and contributed to numerous researches in the field.  Our input provided for the Special Rapporteur’s call is based on these experiences.

The Hungarian Helsinki Committee’s submission is available here:

Input for the report “Psychosocial dynamics conducive to torture and ill-treatment” of the Special Rapporteur on Torture (21 June 2020)

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