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Editor: Donald C. Clarke
George Washington University Law School

Monday, August 22, 2005

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture to visit China

The Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on torture
made the following statement today (22 August 2005):

The Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Commission on Human
Rights on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or
punishment, Manfred Nowak, will visit the People’s Republic of China from
21 November to 2 December 2005, at the invitation of the Government.

In order to gather first-hand information during the visit—which will
include stops in Beijing, Jinan, Urumqi, Yining, and Lhasa—the Special
Rapporteur will meet with Government officials and representatives of civil
society, among others, and visit detention facilities.

The Special Rapporteur will submit a comprehensive written report on
the visit to the Commission on Human Rights at its sixty-second session in

Mr. Nowak was appointed Special Rapporteur of the Commission on 1
December 2004. As Special Rapporteur, he is independent from any government
and serves in his individual capacity. The Commission first decided to
appoint a special rapporteur to examine questions relevant to torture in
1985. The mandate covers all countries, irrespective of whether or not a
State has ratified the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman
or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

He has previously served as a member of the Working Group on Enforced
and Involuntary Disappearances; the UN expert on missing persons in the
former Yugoslavia; the UN expert on legal questions on enforced
disappearances; and as a judge at the Human Rights Chamber for Bosnia and
Herzegovina. He is Professor of Constitutional Law and Human Rights at the
University of Vienna, and Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of
Human Rights.

For further information on the mandate of the Special Rapporteur,
please visit the website:

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