Prepares for UN High-Level Panel on Torture During Interrogations

The NCHR is now in New York with Norwegian police preparing for the panel Torture During Interrogations: Illegal, Immoral, and Ineffective during the opening week of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.

Police Superintendent Nina Holm Andersen and NCHR researcher and Police Superintendent Asbjørn Rachlew in New York preparing for the panel. (Photo: Gisle Kvanvig/UiO).

The NCHR's Gisle Kvanvig is in NY with Norwegian police to present their experience with investigative interviewing in connection with the work on global standards for police interrogation. The high-level panel takes place Friday, September 22, 8:00-9:30 (UTC-5) during the opening week of the 72nd session of the General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York.

Discussing best practices to prevent torture

The event will feature a discussion around the imperative of preventing torture and other ill-treatment during interrogations from legal, moral, and practical perspectives. Participants will discuss best practices in the implementation of non-coercive investigative interviewing techniques, and of procedural detention safeguards.

The participants, which includes the High Commissioner for Human Rights and various State leaders, will hear from H.E. Ms. Michelle Bachelet, President of the Republic of Chile and H.E. Mr. Anders Samuelsen, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Haussain, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Professor Juan E. Méndez, former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture. 

Sharing Norwegian experiences

Nina Holm Andersen and NCHR guest reseacher Asbjørn Rachlew, both highly experienced homicide detectives, will share their experiences from interviewing the terrorist after the 22. July 2011 attacks in Oslo and at Utøya as representatives of Norway during the technical experts-panel. They will be joined by technical experts from the Brazil, Russia, and the United States. Mr. Andrew Gilmour, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, will moderate the event.

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Is an Investigative Interviewing methodology invented by Asbjørn Rachlew together with Ivar Fahsing to prevent torture and false confession.

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Tags: Investigative interviewing, KREATIV, Rule of Law By Susanne H. Flølo
Published Sep. 21, 2017 4:00 PM - Last modified Dec. 21, 2020 1:33 PM