Netherlands: Submission to the UN Committee against Torture- ill-treatment in the context of counterterrorism and high security prisons in The Netherlands

The Open Society Justice Initiative and Amnesty International submit this briefing to the United Nations Committee against Torture ahead of its examination of The Netherlands’ seventh periodic report on the implementation of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, at its 65th Session. This submission focuses on concerns over the implementation of Article 16 of the Convention by The Netherlands at two special high-security detention units holding people suspected and convicted of terrorism offences. Concern is also expressed that for some detainees the security measures exposed them to heightened risks of Article 1 violations.

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