HC Deb 16 July 1980 vol 988 c567W
32. Mr. Edward Lyons

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will take steps to promote an international convention on torture.

Mr. Ridley

The United Kingdom is deeply concerned about the practice of torture in various countries throughout the world. Her Majesty's Government are taking an active part in drafting an international convention on torture by participating in the United Nations working group on the draft convention against torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. We aim to achieve a practical and clearly defined convention which can then be signed and ratified by as many States of the United Nations as possible.

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