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B. Prohibition of torture and other forms of ill-treatment



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B. Prohibition of torture and other forms of ill-treatment

37. In some States, it has been reported that people who use drugs are subjected to violence during detention, often as a means of extracting confessions or obtaining information about other drug users or traffickers.42 The Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and the Human Rights Committee have noted that some law enforcement agencies have intentionally withheld opioid substitution therapy from drug dependent suspects in custody to extract confessions or obtain information, a practice that they have found to constitute torture (see A/HRC/22/53, para. 73, A/HRC/13/39/Add.2, para. 85, and A/68/295, para. 68). The Special Rapporteur on torture has also found such a practice to be torture or ill treatment, in certain circumstances, even when it is carried out without the intention of obtaining information (see A/HRC/22/53, para. 74).






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