Migration-related torture: One of the greatest tragedies of our time

  • Nils Melzer The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture
Keywords: migration and torture, Special Rapporteur on Torture

Abstract

Without any doubt, the torture and abuse suffered by millions of migrants in all parts of the world is one of the greatest tragedies of our time. The undeniable links between irregular migration and torture are manifold and deeply troubling. Not only is the risk of torture and violence one of the most important “push-factors” causing countless people to flee their country of origin, it is also a frightening and pervasive reality of most irregular migration routes and, most shockingly, even of the treatment they receive by the very countries to which they turn for protection. My mandate as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture is to seek, receive, examine and act upon information regarding torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. My sources of information are governments, international and civil society organizations, but also journalists, individual victims and their lawyers, doctors, relatives, and friends.

Published
2019-05-22
How to Cite
Melzer, N. (2019). Migration-related torture: One of the greatest tragedies of our time. Torture Journal, 29(1), 125-126. https://doi.org/10.7146/torture.v29i1.114047