HRC34 side event - "Influencing public perceptions: why torture must be rejected"

Geneva, Switzerland - 27 February 2017

On 27 February 2017, during the high level segment of the 34th session of the Human Rights Council, the CTI will hold a side event on "Influencing public perceptions: why torture must be rejectedt" in room XXIII of the Palais des Nations from 13:00-15:00.

Recent studies show that a growing number of people perceive torture as justifiable in certain situations, such as in times of war or terrorism. Yet international law prohibits torture under any circumstances and without exception.

Why do such perceptions prevail? And how can this trend be reversed?

Views and experiences from governments, practitioners, neuroscience and the media will be shared, followed by an open debate.

Opening remarks:
H.E. Mr. Anders Samuelsen, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Denmark

H.E. Ms. Lorena Fries Monleón, Undersecretary for Human Rights, Ministry of Justice of Chile

Ms. Catherine Fiankan Bokonga, Correspondent of France 24 in Switzerland and Editor in Chief of Swiss publication Klvin Mag

Mr. Shane O’Mara, Professor of Experimental Brain Research, Trinity College Dublin

Moderated by: Dr. Alice Edwards, Head of the CTI Secretariat

See the flyer for the event here.