Prevention of torture


Events

  • A training workshop will be held in Costa Rica from 26-30 November 2007 for Spanish Speaking NHRIs on the Prevention of torture under the project “Actors for Change” in cooperation with the APT. Among 29 participants, there will be 12 NHRIs. The Training workshop will include visits to six detention centers.

  • ''Thematic Dialogue on the 'Role of NHRIs in Torture Prevention: Challenges and Opportunities"

    This dialogue took place on 21 March 2007 as a parallel event to the ICC meeting. It brought together high level speakers on several areas relevant to NHRIs in their work on the prevention against torture to discuss challenges and opportunities in this area. This included speakers from the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment (OPCAT), International Mechanisms (Special Procedure Mandate Holders), leading NGOs in this field and from NHRIs themselves. A special focus was given to the new Sub-Committee on prevention introduced by OPCAT, and National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs) under OPCAT which represent an opportunity for NHRIs to play an active role in torture prevention at different levels.

 

 

 

Publications

 

The new guide on the Establishment and Designation of National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs) under the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OPCAT) was released by the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) in Geneva on October 2006. APT is an international non-governmental organisation committed to preventing torture and other ill-treatment worldwide. In particular, the APT promotes the establishment of preventive control mechanisms such as visits to places of detention by independent experts.

The aim of the Guide is to provide a commentary on the provisions of the Optional Protocol regarding NPMs, with APT's views and recommendations on the requirements for the effective establishment and functioning of these bodies. This new, more detailed, advice was prepared to help National Actors including National Human Rights Institutions, find solutions to the many challenges they may face in determining their country’s NPM.

 

  • Guide on the Establishment and Designation of National Preventive Mechanisms under OPCAT

    English     French     Spanish

 

Papers

Document submitted to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights by the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) on the role of National Human Rights Institutions in the prevention of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment.

 


 

Workshops

 

The OHCHR's National Institutions Unit has launched a 28 month regional training project of NIs and their role in the prevention of torture (PT) and conflict prevention (CP) including early warning. The project is being implemented in cooperation with the United Nations Staff College, the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) and the NGO Fahamu (as well as several in-house and external partners, such as the Network of NIs, NI host institutions, etc). The training will utilise modules developed on CD ROM, trough distance training and regional workshops (5 CPs & 3 PT) until end 2006.

 

 
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