The Optional Protocol in Federal and Decentralized States

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Experts Seminar, ArgentinaFrom 23 to 26 September, the APT, together with the Ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Argentina and the Center for Justice and International Law, organised the first international experts seminar on the implementation of the OPCAT in federal and decentralized States. This international seminar aimed to contribute to the effective implementation of the OPCAT in federal States by analyzing common challenges and exploring pragmatic solutions. Participants included representatives from: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

 

Date:
23 - 26 September 2008
Place:
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Partners:

Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Argentina

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Argentina

Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL)

Purpose:
  • To contribute to the effective implementation of the OPCAT in federal States by exploring pragmatic solutions and creative approaches to the common challenges faced in the designation of National Preventive Mechanisms (NPM).
  • To facilitate the exchange of experiences and best practices on NPM proposals in federal States and to provide elements of analysis for a conceptual framework on the challenges of the OPCAT implementation in Federal States.
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Activities:

During the four-day international seminar, experts from a number of federal and decentralized States exchanged views on the challenges faced by these States in the ratification and implementation of the OPCAT, compared experiences and explored pragmatic solutions.

International participants included, inter alia, government representatives, National Human Rights Institutions, representative from civil society, as well as United Nations experts and representatives of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Outcome:
At the end of the international seminar, the participants adopted conclusions related to the challenges faced by the federal States in the implementation of the OPCAT at the national and local levels (available soon in English and Spanish).

It is expected that these conclusions will contribute to a new impulse being given to ongoing OPCAT ratification processes in federal and decentralized states, together with NPM designation and establishment processes. States Parties with federal and decentralized structures should be able to respond more effectively to the challenge of implementation of the OPCAT in provinces/states. In addition, best practices and recommendations learnt were shared with other countries and regions facing the same challenges.
Documents:

Agenda: English Spanish

Seminar Conclusions: English Spanish

Contact Persons:

Audrey Olivier, APT OPCAT Coordinator

Marina Narvaez, APT UN & Legal Programme Officer

Claudia Gerez, APT Americas Programme Officer

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