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Primer on the Anti-Torture Act of 2009 published
by Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center (CLRD)
Part of the anniversary celebration the CLRDC was the soft launching of the “Primer on the
Anti-Torture Act of 2009”. Although printed copies are already available, the CLRDC team
opted for the “soft launching” coined to mean a publication of the primer’s soft copy in the
blog site of the organization. Printed copies were distributed to some NGOs on December
20, 2012 in time for CLRDC’s decade of service. The primer is also one of the contributions of
CLRDC to the civil society in its advocacy against torture.
For the electronic text of the primer, kindly visit http://clrdc.wordpress.com/.
The primer seeks to respond to issues and questions frequently asked in the Anti-Torture Act
of 2009, from the definition of torture, the acts constituting the crime of torture, the penalties
involved, the legal remedies that maybe availed of by the victims of torture, the principles of
command responsibility explained, as well as the rights of a person under custodial
investigation. The readers of the said Primer can better appreciate the law by reading its
concise and simplified form and presentation. Reading less but learning more about the
right not to be tortured.
The primer was the collective efforts of the members of the United against Torture Coalition
(UATC) and was written by the CLRDC team. Special thanks goes to the Medical Action
Group (MAG) for financing the printing and reproduction of the cover page.
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