COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
Item 11 (a) of the Provisional Agenda
CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS
THE QUESTION OF TORTURE AND DETENTION
Written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre
a non-governmental organization with general consultative status
Chaining and shackling of prisoners in Thailand
1. According to article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Further, article 16 of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) determines that each State Party shall undertake to prevent – in any territory under its jurisdiction – acts of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment when such acts are committed by, at the instigation of, or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity.