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The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture (eBook)

ISBN13: 9780191018442
Published: August 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
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The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) establishes an independent international monitoring committee (SPT) which itself will visit states and places where persons are deprived of their liberty.

It also requires states to set up independent national bodies to visit places of detention. This book, drawing upon events held and interviews with governments, civil society, members of UN treaty bodies, national visiting bodies and others, identifies key factors that have shaped the operation of these visiting bodies since OPCAT came into force in 2006.

It looks in detail at the background to the adoption of the Protocol, as well as how the international committee, the SPT, has carried out its mandate in its first few years. It examines the range of places of detention that could be visited by these bodies, and the expectations placed on the national visiting bodies themselves.

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1: The origins and development of OPCAT
2: Drafting of OPCAT: Towards deadlock 1991-2000
3: The text of OPCAT
4: The Scope of OPCAT
5: The Role of the SPT
6: The Role of NPMs
7: OPCAT within the Broader UN and Regional System
8: Regional Trends towards Ratification and Implementation of OPCAT
9: Conclusion: Emerging Trends and the Future of OPCAT
Appendix I: OPCAT
Appendix II: Rules of Procedure of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture
Appendix III: Guidelines of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment in relation to visits to States parties
Appendix IV: Preliminary Guidelines on NPMs
Appendix V: Guidelines on National Preventive Mechanisms
Appendix VI: The approach of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture to the concept of prevention of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
Appendix VII: Members of the SPT as at January 2011
Appendix VIII: Chronology of States visited by the SPT.