A new phase in Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture's development

Thursday, March 3, 2011

For the first time, the largest treaty body of the United Nations gathered in Geneva from 21 to 25 February. Prior to the meeting, several documents and positions papers were published by the SPT, including their rules of procedures, their guidelines on National Preventive Mechanisms, their approach to the concept of prevention of torture and their guidelines in relation to visits to States Parties.

APT - SPT Meeting, February 2011

APT Informal Gathering with the SPT and the OPCAT Contact Group, Wednesday 23 February 2011, Geneva

 

For the first time, the largest treaty body of the United Nations gathered in Geneva from 21 to 25 February 2011. Prior to the meeting, several documents and positions papers were published by the SPT, including their rules of procedures, their guidelines on National Preventive Mechanisms, their approach to the concept of prevention of torture and their guidelines in relation to visits to States Parties. Furthermore, their fourth annual report was made available a few weeks before the session, which provides an excellent overview of the issues that the SPT would like to develop in the near future, including reprisals or safeguards, as well as a basis for discussion and cooperation with States Parties, National Preventive Mechanisms and relevant civil society organisations.

As usual, the discussions during the SPT session were held in camera and a press release was produced shortly after the session, confirming the willingness of the SPT to further expand its activities with the increase in its membership.


During the session, a new Bureau was elected for two years (2011- 2012) and now comprises five members:

  • One Chairperson:
    Mr Malcolm Evans - United Kingdom
  • Four Vice Chairpersons:
    Mr Mario Coriolano - Argentina
    Mr Zdenek Hajek - Czech Republic
    Ms Suzanne Jabbour - Lebanon
    Ms Aisha Shujune Muhammad - Maldives

 

The APT believes that the expansion of the SPT and the newly elected Bureau, will contribute to strengthen the effective implementation of the OPCAT.
For further information on the SPT, please refer to: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cat/opcat/index.htm


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APT Informal Gathering with the SPT and the OPCAT Contact Group, Wednesday 23 February 2011, Geneva