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German expert elected to UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture

29.10.2010

Yesterday (28 October) German national Christian Pross was elected to serve on the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture.

In this connection Markus Löning, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy, today (29 October) issued the following statement:

“Promoting compliance with the ban on torture as well as the rehabilitation of torture victims are matters the German Government takes very seriously. As a highly experienced and acknowledged German authority in this field, Christian Pross will play an active part in the valuable work being done here by the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture. I warmly congratulate him on his election.”

The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture has a mandate to prevent or pre-empt the use of torture by sending independent international teams to visit and advise places of detention all over the world.

Christian Pross, a specialist in general medicine and psychotherapy, is Professor of Psychotraumatology at Charité – Universitätsmedizin in Berlin. As co-founder and longtime director of the Berlin Center for the Treatment of Torture Victims, he has wide experience in assessing places and conditions of detention around the world and the treatment and rehabilitation of torture victims.

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