The Republic of Lebanon, the first State Party to the OPCAT from the Middle East and North Africa, is making big steps towards the implementation of its torture prevention commitments. Having ratified in December 2008, Lebanon had to establish its National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) by December 2009. This objective has not been fully reached due to delays caused by elections and the appointment of a new government, but a proposal for a draft law to establish a NPM is now being processed within the Ministry of Justice. This gives hope that the NPM will be established in the near future. Secondly, the UN Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture (SPT) will visit Lebanon in 2010, which will be its first to this part of the world.
In order to facilitate these important processes, the APT and OHCHR - Beirut organised a seminar on OPCAT implementation from 4 - 5 February 2010 which was held under the auspices of the Ministry of Justice of Lebanon. The seminar was an opportunity for the main Lebanese stakeholders to discuss issues related to OPCAT implementation with the Vice-Chairperson of the SPT, Hans Draminsky Petersen, as well as with the Contrôleur général des lieux de privation de liberté, Mr. Jean-Marie Delarue, who is the head of the French NPM. Other national and international experts also contributed to the debates.
Press Release: Seminar on the implementation of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OPCAT) in Lebanon
Seminar highlights need to ensure compliance with anti-torture law (The Daily Star, Lebanon)