APT and UN Subcommittee members in Bolivia

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

SPT Members and the Bolivian Minister of Justice


As part of the first high-level APT mission to take place jointly with members of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture, the APT recently visited Bolivia to advise on the National Preventive Mechanism process. Activities during the mission included a workshop between public authorities and NGOs on NPM design, a public conference at the Lawyers Academy, a meeting with the Ombudsman Office and interviews with NGOs and government representatives, including the Minister of Justice.

 

 

Date: 23-26 September 2007
Place:
La Paz, Bolivia
Partners: Support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Bolivia, the Ombdusman Office and numerous NGOs, including ITEI.
Sponsorship from the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights (IIDH).
Purpose:
To raise awareness about and advise on NPM designation in Bolivia.
Activities:

A number of governmental and civil society actors have begun discussions about the composition of the NPM in Bolivia. In this context, a high-level mission of experts to La Paz was organized by the APT. The APT delegates (Marco Mona, Claudia Gerez and Audrey Olivier) were accompanied by two members of the UN Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture (Victor Rodriguez, Vice-president, and Mario Coriolano). Activities during the mission included a workshop with public authorities and NGOs on NPM design, a public conference at the Lawyers Academy (Colegio de Abogados), a meeting with the Ombudsman Office (Defensoria del Pueblo) and interviews with NGOs and government representatives, including the Minister of Justice.

This was part of the first high-level mission specifically to advise on NPM processes, taking place jointly with members of the SPT. It took place during a time of historic change in Bolivia under the Evo Morales government, including the drafting of a new constitution.

Outcome:
  • Greater awareness of the need for torture prevention and the role of the OPCAT and the NPM.
  • Better understanding of the NPM dispositions under OPCAT and of NPM process in other countries.
  • Greater use of the SPT mandate to advise on NPM establishment and SPT presence in NPM processes in the region.
  • Agreement on the steps to take to reach an NPM model agreed by consensus of relevant actors.
  • Formal designation of the NPM in Bolivia.
Contact Person: Claudia Gerez, APT Americas Programme Officer
SPT members Víctor Rodriguez and Mario Coriolano meet with the Minister of Justice of Bolivia, Celima Torrico Rojas
SPT members Víctor Rodriguez and Mario Coriolano meet with the Minister of Justice of Bolivia, Celima Torrico Rojas

Ministry of Justice representatives analyze APT publications during a workshop on the NPM with authorities and civil society in La Paz, Bolivia.

Ministry of Justice representatives analyze APT publications during a workshop on the NPM with authorities and civil society in La Paz, Bolivia.