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Requirements for Implementing the Convention Against Torture in Iraq

As Iraq ratified the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (“CAT”) in July 2008, IILHR constructed this paper to outline requirements for its implementation. The CAT requires countries to prevent acts of torture, train all appropriate personnel, investigate allegations, prosecute those who are accused, and compensate victims. This paper analyzes each article of the CAT and outlines what steps Iraq must take under the convention to comply and those steps Iraq should take to implement the articles.