Colloquium on the National Preventive Mechanism in Paraguay

Thursday, February 15, 2007
Date: 28 May 2007 
Place: Senate of the Republic of Paraguay, Asunción, Paraguay
Partners: Human Rights Commission of the Senate
Working Group to Design the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) in Paraguay
Participants: International experts, including three members of the United Nations Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture.
National practitioners, activists and torture survivors, including members of the Working Group to Design the National Preventive Mechanism in Paraguay.
Purpose: Disseminate the experience of Paraguay to design an NPM as a model of good practice worldwide;
Enhance the draft MNP law of Paraguay with international experts’ comments and comparative experience;
Assess the steps pending to formally designate and set-up the MNP in Paraguay.
Background: Considered a model of good practice worldwide, in Paraguay a Working Group comprised of representatives of public institutions and civil society has drafted legislation to create a new body as a national preventive mechanism under the OPCAT.  Established by consensus during a national forum convened by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Human Rights Network (CODEHUPY) and the APT in November 2006, the Working Group is currently receiving observations to its draft bill (see below).  This is the first time that such a prominent group of international experts – including three members of the new UN Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture – comment on a national MNP proposal.  As Paraguay is one of the first 20 States Parties to the OPCAT, the Working Group is expected to present its draft bill to Congress during a public act by the 22nd of June, one year after entry-into-force of the international treaty. 
Documents: Draft MNP Bill (Spanish), Event Program
Contact Person: 

Claudia Gerez, APT Americas Programme Officer

c...@apt.ch