The Council of the EU on 16 September adopted its conclusions on the revised Guidelines on EU policy towards third countries on torture or cruel forms of treatment or punishment.

The bloc said the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment is absolute in international law and promises to oppose the use of torture and other ill-treatment by state and non-state actors. In this context, the Council underlines the importance of procedural safeguards to prevent torture, in particular in the first hours of detention.

The EU also called on the 28 members of the union to fully comply with their human rights obligations under international law.