“It was with great satisfaction that I received the news of the re-election by the Assembly of the States Parties to the UN Convention against Torture, with 117 votes, of Italian expert Dr. Alessio Bruni to the Committee Against Torture for a second 4-year term. Bruni garnered more votes than any other candidate, and his re-election is confirmation of the broad and widely acknowledged expertise he has acquired in his many years of service in United Nations human rights agencies, and of his proven morality and impartiality. Bruni’s re-election to the Committee against Torture also confirms Italy’s prominent role in campaigns on behalf of human rights in every part of the world”, Minister Emma Bonino commented.
The Committee against Torture is a 10-member body tasked with monitoring application of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment adopted by the 1984 General Assembly and in force since 1987. The Committee reports annually to the UN General Assembly on compliance with the Convention.