Detention by the police

Torture and other ill-treatment often happen during the early stages of detention – when a person is arrested, transported to detention and interrogated by the police. Independent monitoring of the police is therefore crucial to prevent abuse.

In this short video Lowell Goddard, UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and former head of the Police Inspectorate in New Zealand, and General Charbel Mattar, adviser on human rights and torture to the Lebanese government, discuss the critical moments of police detention and the benefits of monitoring visits.

Read more about the risks areas and safeguards when a person is detained by the police

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