The Americas human rights system makes strides on torture prevention

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Versión en español During its 131st session, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) made important progress on torture prevention through:

Adoption of the Principles and Best Practices for the Protection of Persons Deprived of Liberty in the Americas. The document – a significant normative development to protect persons deprived of liberty in the region from torture, ill-treatment and other violations has now been made public (view document - Press Release).

Support for the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OCPAT), including a strategic alliance with the UN Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture (SPT) and promotion of OPCAT ratification and implementation in the region (see IACHR Press Release).


These advances follow an APT mission to Washington DC (3 - 7 March), with a member of the SPT. The APT and SPT, as well as the acting President of the CAT, were invited to a Working Lunch with the plenary of the IACHR to discuss collaboration between these UN bodies and the regional human rights system. Cooperation was further consolidated during a public hearing before the IACHR (SPT member note to the IACHR) on 7 March, where the APT informed of the status of national preventive mechanisms in region (Press Note - CELS Memo of the hearing - Video and Audio from the hearing).



Photos: Juan Manuel Herrera (OAS/OEA) & APT


The APT also participated in a panel hosted by the American University Washington College of Law on the Prohibition of Torture within the Context of States of Emergency (Program), where the publication 'Defusing the Ticking Bomb Scenario' was distributed and debated.