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Pakistan: Torture

Volume 715: debated on Monday 7 December 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider prosecuting under international law those accused of torture of British citizens in Pakistan. [HL289]

Torture is prohibited under UK and international law and perpetrators can be prosecuted in the UK regardless of where the crime was committed. This is in accordance with the UK's obligations under the UN Convention Against Torture and enacted through Section 134 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988. Any decision to bring prosecutions against those accused of torture in Pakistan is a matter for the Crown Prosecution Service and requires the Attorney-General's consent.