Incommunicado detention

Other Names:
Secret detention

Persons may be detained in police, prisons or other facilities without being allowed to notify family or friends of their arrest and place of custody. Frequently other branches of government, like the judicial, are notified as required by law. Persons may be moved from one facility to another. Detainees may be denied any communication with the outside for any reason, such as need for medical attention. Interrogation can take place without interference from lawyers, family or friends of the detainee. The marks of torture also disappear. If the victim dies, the body can be disposed of without having to explain the death. Incommunicado detention re-enforces the victim's sense of isolation and powerlessness. Those most likely to be tortured are those held incommunicado.

Related Problems:
Torture through confinement
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST