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Today we stand at a unique moment. Two novel and significant developments unfurl on interrogation and torture that call for our distinct attention:
1. For the first time there is scientific research into the most effective interrogation techniques, and it shows—unsurprisingly—non-coercive methods to be the most successful for gaining reliable and accurate information;
2. Efforts are currently being made to integrate this new science and effective practice into international law and global policing initiatives.
To explore these novel and historic advancements, a public event is planned for Human Rights Day and the 35th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention Against Torture, 10 December 2019. Moreover, this event coincides with the release of an edited book that has been structured to capture these two unfolding developments: « Interrogation and Torture, Integrating Efficacy with Law and Morality ». All four editors will be present to provide outcomes of the book.
The keynote address for this event will be fittingly presented by Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. In addition, the perspective of a torture survivor held in Guantánamo will be offered by Sami El-Haj, Manager of Public Liberties and Human Rights Department at Al-Jazeera Network (Qatar).
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