1974: A draft resolution for
Prevention of Torture is included on the agenda and discussed
at the twenty ninth General Assembly.
1984: After a decade of attempting to resolve
issues of implementing the resolution, the UN
1987: Following ratification by 20 States, the
Convention takes effect.
1997: The 26th of June is named the
International Support of Victims of Torture day.
1998: “Former Chilean president Augusto Pinochet is arrested in London,
reminds all European governments of their
obligation to detain him under the Convention against Torture. Despite Pinochet
being released in 2000 after a controversial medical test, this is a bold step
forward for international justice.” Amnesty International
2002: The general Assembly adopts The Optional
Protocol to UNCAT
2005: U.S President Bush states that UNCAT does not
apply to overseas prisons
operated by the CIA and the
military, thus violating UNCAT
2006: The Optional Protocol of UNCAT enters into force
2015: The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture finds that certain
Australia’s asylum seeker policies