Topics Prohibition of cruel treatment

Constitute topics are built from the variables in the Comparative Constitutions Project’s dataset, which captures the content of world constitutions. The particular variables relevant to this topic are listed below, in the form of survey questions.

More information about the CCP’s research design is available here, including background information on how the team designed the inventory of constitutional topics as well as the full coding survey


Forbids the state from treating individuals in a way that offends the principle of human dignity. This may include forms of corporal or capital punishment, excessive delays in assessing punishment, or other actions prejudicial to the rights of offenders.


Rights and Duties


inhumane treatment

Survey Questions

  • Does the constitution prohibit cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment?