OPCAT in the OSCE Region: What it means and how to make it work?

Monday, November 24, 2008

The OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and the Law School of the University of Bristol organized a two-day conference on the OPCAT in the OSCE region on 25-26 November. APT was represented at this event, held in Prague, which had a particular focus on OPCAT implementation in OSCE participating States formerly part of the Soviet Union. These include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and Ukraine. Delegations representing the government, civil society and existing monitoring bodies attended this important meeting.

 

Date:
25 - 26 November 2008
Place:
Prague, Czech Republic
Purpose:
To promote the effective implementation of the OPCAT in the OSCE region.
Activities:
The OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and the Law School of the University of Bristol organized a two-day conference on the OPCAT in the OSCE region on 25-26 November 2008. The event, held in Prague, Czech Republic, had a particular focus on OPCAT implementation in OSCE participating States formerly part of the Soviet Union. These include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and Ukraine. Delegations representing the government, civil society and existing monitoring bodies travelled to Prague for this important meeting.  

In order to widen the discussion, however, representatives from outside this region participated in the event. These included NPM actors from the host country, Czech Republic, as well as Slovenia and the United Kingdom. In addition, several members of and experts belonging to the international Subcommittee on Prevention (SPT) and the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture spoke at the event, including SPT President Sylvia Casale. The APT was represented by two staff members.
Outcome:
More information about the meeting can be found in a press release issued by the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and the Law School of the University of Bristol (see link below). Alternatively, more information about the event can be found on the latter's website dedicated to the OPCAT.  
Documents:

Agenda (English)

Agenda (Russian)

Press Release (English)

Contact Person:
Matthew Pringle, Europe & Central Asia Programme Officer
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