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Freedom From Torture Proving Torture Conference Papers


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A few weeks ago I attended Freedom From Torture’s Priving Torture conference. The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Professor Juan Méndez, was there, as was Senior Appeals Counsel from the International Criminal Court Ms Helen Brady. It was a pretty gruelling day and involved quite a lot of discussion about the case of KV (scarring – medical evidence) Sri Lanka [2014] UKUT 230 (IAC), in which I was involved pro bono as a junior, whether it was damaging to international war crimes prosecutions and how to stop the “cancer” of the UK judiciary’s approach spreading to other jurisdictions (the words of Professor Méndez).

You can now read more about the conference and access the papers that were presented here. I highly recommend the masterful paper by Stephanie Harrison QC which sets out the legal history of how the UK judiciary has raised the bar on proving torture to its current atmospheric heights.

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Colin Yeo

Immigration and asylum barrister, blogger, writer and consultant at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder of the Free Movement immigration law website.