IRRC No. 857

Detention

13 articles

IRRC No. 857 Detention

13 articles

The combination of torture and ill-treatment in detention, the sealing of avenues for legal redress, and the silencing of public information about clandestine detention abuses has created an increasingly hostile environment for detainees in many countries.
Detainees may be happy to have survived, lucky if they are not subjected to torture. Yet their daily life in prison is usually harsh, and even after their initial arrest and interrogation they may be plagued by hunger, illness or the sadism of jailers. This issue of the International Review of the Red Cross explores some specific aspects of detention.

Table of contents

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Editorial: Detention

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Interview with Lech Walesa

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Human rights and indefinite detention

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Casting light on the legal black hole: International law and detentions abroad in the "war on terror"

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Visits by human rights mechanisms as a means of greater protection for persons deprived of their liberty

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Protection of detainees: ICRC action behind bars

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The policy context of torture: A social-psychological analysis

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A haunting figure: The hostage through the ages

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Asymmetrical warfare from the perspective of humanitarian law and humanitarian action

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Study on customary international humanitarian law: A contribution to the understanding and respect for the rule of law in armed conflict

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61st Session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, 16 March 2005

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National implementation of international humanitarian law – Biannual update, July to December 2004

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Books and articles (Spring 2005)