The Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention against Torture, the OPCAT, entered into force in June 2006. Over the past decade, the OPCAT has contributed to real changes in the prevention of torture and ill-treatment worldwide. The simple fact that States have provided external and independent experts with access to their places of detention, on a regular and unannounced basis, is a remarkable achievement in itself.
This booklet offers a snapshot of the positive changes brought about by the
OPCAT. It provides an insight into what the prevention of torture and ill-treatment
means in practice, from the perspective of those directly involved: State authorities, the United Nations, national preventive mechanisms, civil society and persons deprived of liberty.
Putting prevention into practice - OPCAT 10th anniversary booklet (2016)
La prévention en pratique : 10 ans du Protocole facultatif à la Convention contre la torture
Language: French - Français