Effective OPCAT Implementation in Paraguay
From 09 - 12 December the APT, together with the Center for Justice and International Law and national partners, organized a series of OPCAT promotion activities in Paraguay with the participation of two members of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT). The purpose of these events was to assist in preparations for the visit by the SPT to Paraguay in 2009 and to promote the approval of the draft National Preventive Mechanism Law currently pending before the Paraguayan Congress.
|Date: ||09 - 12 December 2008 |
|Place: ||Asunción, Paraguay |
|Partners: ||Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL)|
Fundación Celestina Pérez de Almada
Amnistía Internacional Paraguay
Fundación Mesa Memoria Histórica
Coordinadora de Derechos Humanos del Paraguay (CODEHUPY)
National Human Rights Commission of Paraguay
Human Rights Institute of the National University of Asunción
The APT, together with the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) and national partners, organized a series of OPCAT promotion activities with the participation of two members of the SPT (Wilder Tayler and Mario Coriolano):
The conference began with an overview of the situation of torture in Paraguay, both past (report of the Truth and Justice Commission) and present (report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture), leading to the need for effective OPCAT implementation, including the future visit of the SPT and the approval of the NPM. The event took place in a former police detention facility, today turned into a Museum of Memory to commemorate victims of the Stroessner repression.
This conference focused on various norms and mechanisms to combat the practice of torture, including those of the United Nations, the Inter-American Human Rights System and the National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs) under the OPCAT.
|Unique Aspects: |
A special paper on the OPCAT in Paraguay (including the NPM process and law, as well as the SPT visit) was prepared for circulation and has been translated to Guarani.
Programme 09 December
Programme 11 December
|Contact Persons: |
Claudia Gerez, APT Americas Programme Officer
Audrey Olivier, APT OPCAT Coordinator