New Zealand - OPCAT Situation
New Zealand ratified the OPCAT in 2007 and designated five existing institutions as its NPM through the Crime of Torture Amendment Bill. The New Zealand NPM has been operational since then, and one of the designated institutions is acting as a coordinator of the NPMs: the Human Rights Commission.
Each designated institutions has a specific thematic mandate under the OPCAT. Similarly to other designated NPMs, they face some operational challenges including lack of specific human and financial resources granted to the specific institutions to perform their new functions under the OPCAT.
The SPT announced that it will conduct a visit to New Zealand from 29 April to 8 May 2013.
The SPT member June C. Pagaduan Lopez is the SPT Focal Point for New Zealand.
Keywords: SPT In-Country Visits