Statement on hooding

International Forensic Expert Group on Torture

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Hooding and other equivalent practices are intentional forms of sensory deprivation which constitute cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment and should be prohibited in interrogations and detention.
When hooding is practiced in conjunction with other acts that may be considered
cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, it may constitute torture. In our experience, hooding is very often practiced in combination with other methods of abuse and typically, under such circumstances, constitutes torture.
It is important to bear in mind that in each assessment of alleged torture and/or
CIDT, forensic experts base their opinions on the extent to which the sum total of
physical and/or psychological evidence corroborates an individual’s allegations of abuseand on evidence of physical and mental pain and disabilities associated with the alleged abuse. In our opinion, consideration of hooding as torture and/or CIDT should be based on a clear understanding of actual and torture practices and on individual forensic medical evidence.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)186-189
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Torture
  • Human Rights

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    International Forensic Expert Group on Torture (2011). Statement on hooding. Torture, 21(3), 186-189.