India, including Pakistan, is yet to sign the 30-year-old United Nation’s Convention against Torture. India stands behind 161 nations, also is in the list of nine countries worldwide which are yet to agree on this crucial convention.
The fact has been strongly noticed by the Supreme Court and has asked the government why it was not done yet. “We do understand that the legislative process can take time, but tell us why can’t you make a ‘good faith commitment’ on the law before us,” a bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said.
“This is an extremely important issue in the national interest and moreover, there is no conflict,” the bench, also comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul, said.
The convention was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on December 10, 1984, and came into action on June 26, 1987, after being signed by 20 nations.
India, which became a signatory on October 14, 1997, is yet to ratify the global human rights treaty