Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture Becomes the Largest UN Treaty Body

Friday, October 29, 2010

On 28 October 2010, the SPT membership increased from 10 to 25, and includes for the first time experts from Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the Asian and Pacific regions.

Gender balance increased sensitively, with 8 members out of the 25 being women. A wide range of expertise and professional experience is also now being represented within the SPT, as it includes medical doctors, forensic doctors, psychologists, professionals with national detention monitoring experience, lawyers, judges and magistrates, experts in administration of justice and management of detention centres and former police officers.

APT Summary of key information on the enlarged SPT

States Parties to the OPCAT elected 20 members from a list of 31 candidates. From the 20 members, 5 of them were re-elected and 7 were selected by lot for a two-year mandate.

The 20 members will take up their new mandate in February 2011, joining the existing five members.

The enlarged SPT comprises:

Name of MemberCountry of NationalityTerm Expires
Ms Mari AmosEstonia2014
Mr Mario Luis Coriolano *Argentina2012
Mr Arman DanielyanArmenia2014
Ms Marija Definis-Gojanovic **Croatia2012
Mr Malcolm Evans *UK2012
Ms Lowell Patria GoddardNew Zealand2012
Mr Zdenek Hajek *Czech Republic2012
Ms Suzanne JabbourLebanon2012
Mr Goran KlemencicSlovenia2012
Mr Paul Lam Shang LeenMauritius2012
Mr Zbigniew Lasocik *Poland2012
Mr Petros MichaelidesCyprus2014
Ms Aisha Shujune MuhammadMaldives2014
Mr Olivier ObrechtFrance2014
Mr Hans Draminsky Petersen **Denmark2014
Ms Maria Margarida PressburgerBrazil2012
Mr Christian ProssGermany2012
Mr Victor Rodriguez Rescia *Costa Rica2012
Ms Judith SalgadoEcuador2014
Mr Emilio Ginés Santidrián **Spain2014
Mr Miguel Sarre Iguiníz **Mexico2014
Mr Wilder Tayler Souto **Uruguay2014
Ms Aneta StancevskaMacedonia2014
Mr Felipe Villavicencio TerrerosPeru2014
Mr Fortuné Gaétan ZongoBurkina Faso2014
* Existing Member, not for re-election  
** Existing Member, re-elected