The SRT produces several reports that are presented annually to the United Nations General Assembly and Human Rights Council, which are made available to the public to guide and support the work of governments and civil society in the prohibition of torture worldwide.
The reports produced by the SRT are divided into the following categories:
Country Visit Reports: Country visit reports are produced by the SRT after conducting a fact-finding mission to countries around the world. They include the SRT’s assessment of the country’s legislation, policies, and practices with regards to the prohibition of torture, as well as specific recommendations to the government on how to improve the situation. The reports are initially shared with the concerned government, and later made public and presented before the United Nations General Assembly or Human Rights Council.
Follow-up Reports: The SRT also submits follow-up information on previous country visits to the Human Rights Council. The purpose of these reports is to compile information from government and civil society regarding the status of implementation of the SRT’s recommendations in an effort to continue evaluating the situation of torture and ill-treatment on the ground. Until recently, these reports were presented in the form of charts, and reflected information obtained primarily through questionnaires. In March 2013 the methodology was revised to allow more in-depth evaluation of the extent to which the SRT’s recommendations are being implemented. The new methodology is reflected in the SRT’s 2013 Follow-up Report on Uruguay, which explains that a cyclical follow-up structure with a two to four year time frame from the date of an initial visit will be used for future follow-up. Furthermore, under the new methodology, follow-up reports adopt a more substantive narrative format.
Thematic Reports: These reports are presented twice a year, one before the UN General Assembly and the other before the Human Rights Council. They provide a substantive research and analysis on a wide range of thematic issues, selected by the SRT, relating to the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. Through these reports, the SRT conducts research on the different global trends and practices pertaining to the selected issue and conducts an assessment on how they impact the prohibition of torture. The reports also include conclusions about emerging human rights norms, as well as recommendations to prevent torture and ill-treatment in the future.
Observations Reports: Observations reports contain a summary of the multiple complaints received by the SRT regarding alleged acts of torture or ill-treatment and the SRT’s communications with Governments regarding these complaints, which consist of Allegation Letters or Urgent Appeals addressed to the Governments by the SRT and, when available, Government responses to the SRT. In the report, the SRT issues conclusions for each case.
Other Reports and Documents: In carrying out his mandate, the SRT also produces other reports and documents that are available to the public. These may include Amicus Curiae and legal opinions submitted before domestic or international courts, submissions or presentations for the United Nations, panel discussions or hearings, and research papers.
The ATI has compiled and organized all the reports produced by all SRT mandate holders since 1985. The reports can be accessed via the categories listed at the top of this page. By clicking on the different options, you can find reports that are tagged and categorized by region and country, publication year, author, report type and theme.