The United Nations General Assembly has adopted without a vote an international convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment.
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SPEECH TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE ONE):
LUSAKA: "The Assembly will now take a decision on the Draft Resolution recommended by the Third Committee in paragraph 18 of its report, in document A/39/708. The Draft Resolution is entitled 'Convention Against Torture And Other Cruel Inhuman Or Degrading Treatment Or Punishment'. The Third Committee adopted that Resolution without a vote. May I take it that the Assembly wishes to adopt the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman Or Degrading Treatment Or Punishment? It is so decided."
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Background: UNITED NATIONS
The United Nations General Assembly has adopted without a vote an international convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment. Assembly President Paul Lusaka of Zambia said the action, on December 10, crowned the success of seven years of hard work, and represented a major step towards creating a more humane world. The convention, drawn up by the U.N. Human Rights Commission, defines torture as 'any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person to obtain information or a confession; to punish, intimidate or coerce, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by, or at the instigation of, or with the consent or acquiescence of a person acting in an official capacity'. The draft also provides for extradition of persons believed to have committed acts of torture, and for protection and compensation for torture, and for protection and compensation for torture victims.