Jens Modvig reelected for the UN Committee Against Torture

Published 10.10.2017
Chief physician Jens Modvig of DIGNITY has been reelected as member of the UN Committee Against Torture.

Jens Modvig, Danish chief physician and head of the health-department at DIGNITY was recently reelected as member of the UN Committee Against Torture with 95 out of 146 votes.

The UN-committee is composed of 10 independent experts who monitor the implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment by its State parties. This includes regular examinations of State parties, and the consideration of individual complaints alleging violations of the convention.

- I am delighted to have been reelected. This committee is one of the most respected, independent organs of the UN, and I look forward to continuing the work in the upcoming term, says Jens Modvig.

Jens Modvig has been using his medical expertise and background to fight torture for almost 20 years. He has been a member of the committee since 2014 and chairperson since April 2016. As chair, he’s overseen a long range of State examinations.

- The most challenging and interesting aspect of the work is the fact that you are in direct dialogue with almost every single country in the world about their prevention of and fight against torture. We must be effective in our critique, but also constructive, if we want to bring about change, says Modvig.

Members of the UN Committee Against Torture are elected for terms of four years. The committee constitutes itself in April 2018, where it will be decided whether Jens Modvig should also continue as chairperson.

About Jens Modvig:

  • Born 1953

  • Chief physician, Medical Doctor, PhD.

  • Chairperson of the UN Committee Against Torture since 2016.

  • Director of the health department at DIGNITY.

  • Clinical associate professor of social medicine and rehabilitation at the Faculty of Health and Medical sciences at Copenhagen University.

  • Lives in Holte, Denmark, with his wife.

Contact:  Head of press Caroline Broge: +45 22 91 00 20,

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