Awarded Grants

The tables below show all grants awarded by the OPCAT Special Fund, by year of project implementation.  A PDF version of this list is also available.

2018

Country

Project summary

Implementing entity

Grant amount (US Dollars)

Argentina

Collecting data regarding violence in contexts of confinement, elaborating a study manual for prison staff, offering training for the penitentiary authorities, carrying out public events to strengthen the local preventive mechanism

Xumek (non-governmental organization)

$25,000.00

Armenia

Enhancing the capacity of members of the national preventive mechanism via training sessions and equipment, and increasing the awareness of the national preventive mechanism’s mandate 

Human Rights Defender of Armenia (NPM)

$24,985.00

Brazil

Generating recommendations for the National Justice Council, the São Paulo Public Security Department and authorities; organizing a workshop for legal practitioners about torture carried out against women, and their particular vulnerabilities; and preparing an advocacy strategy for the establishment of a local preventive mechanism

Conectas Human Rights  (non-governmental organization)

$25,000.00

Brazil

Delivering a training-of-trainers seminars about the Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (Istanbul Protocol); and working with the national preventive mechanism and local preventive mechanisms to develop an advocacy and knowledge-dissemination programme

International Bar Association

$24,972.00

Brazil

Increasing the understanding and cooperation among preventive mechanisms, law enforcement agencies, and civil society organizations working on juvenile justice, and increasing the visibility of the torture prevention environment in Brazil

OMCT (non-governmental organization)

$25,000.00

Ecuador

Strengthening the multidisciplinary team for national preventive mechanism visits, and raising awareness of the national preventive mechanism mandate; increasing accessibility of places of deprivation of liberty for national preventive mechanism visits; and ameliorating the visibility of the national preventive mechanism and the dialogue with civil society organizations

Mecanismo Nacional de Prevención de la Tortura, Tratos Crueles, Inhumanos y Degradantes (NPM)

$25,000.00

Honduras

Drafting a law for amendments to the existing national preventive mechanism law and lobbying for its adoption, and increasing the technical capacities of national preventive mechanism staff and creating manuals on the monitoring of places of detention

Centro de Prevención, Tratamiento y Rehabilitación de la Victimas de la Tortura y sus Familiares (non-governmental organization)

$25,000.00

Kyrgyzstan

Increasing national preventive mechanism capacities in regard to safeguards in the first hours of detention (identifying legislative gaps, lobbying for legal reform)  and to monitor mental health institutions

Association for Prevention of Torture (non-governmental organization)

$25,000.00

Mexico

Revising the methodology of the national preventive mechanism’s preventive monitoring, with a special focus on the first hours of detention

Association for Prevention of Torture – Panama (non-governmental organization)

$24,916.06

The Republic of Moldova

Developing a visibility strategy for the national preventive mechanism for 2018, raising the awareness of NPM activities in 2017, and improving the dialogue between NPM members, the Ombudsperson’s Office and relevant national entities/institutions to examine effectively the recommendations of NPM and implementation measures

Institute for Penal Reform (NPM)

$23,217.00

Senegal

Increasing the national preventive mechanism’s visits with a focus on persons with mental illness, disability, and HIV/AIDS, and on juveniles; and training of law enforcement officers on treatment of persons deprived of their liberty and raising the public’s awareness of the national preventive mechanism (radio programmes in rural areas)

Observateur National des Lieux de Privation de Liberté (NPM)

$25,000.00

2016

Country

Project summary

Implementing entity

Grant amount (US Dollars)

Armenia

Strengthening capacity of the national preventive mechanism on torture prevention, monitoring and reporting techniques.

Penal Reform International

$25,000.00

Benin

Training of juvenile justice judges for the newly established juvenile courts.

OMCT (non-governmental organization)

$15,820.00

Brazil

Supporting the work of the federal preventive mechanism and advocating for establishment of state preventive mechanism in São Paolo and Maranhão.

Associaçao Direitos Humanos am Rede (Conectas)

$25,000.00

Brazil

Support for the work of the national body in charge of the selection of the commissioners for the future national preventive mechanism

Secretaria de Estado de Direitos Humanos, Participação Social e Cidadania (SEDPAC)

$47,712.00

Mexico

Strengthening capacity of the criminal law judges to exercise effective judicial control in places of detention.

Documenta (non-governmental organization)

$24,813.00

Moldova

Facilitating resumption of the work on the national preventive mechanism.

Institute for Democracy

$25,000.00

New Zealand

Development of s standardized and consistent approach to seclusion and restraint in order to eliminated de facto discrepancies among the places of the deprivation of liberty.

Human Rights Commission

$24,775.00

New Zealand

Strengthening the capacity of the Ombudsman Office to monitor and report the detention conditions of persons with psychological disabilities.

Office of the Ombudsman

$18,699.00

Paraguay

Supporting the work of the national preventive mechanism.

Coordinadora de Derechos Humanos de Paraguay (CODEHUPY)

$25,000.00

2015

Country

Project summary

Implementing entity

Grant amount (US Dollars)

Argentina

Contributing to legislative process of establishment of provincional preventive mechanism in Tucumán

Abogados y abogadas del Noroeste Argentino en Derechos Humanos y Estudios Sociales

$35,000.00

Brazil

Strengthening capacity of professionals working in places of deprivation of liberty to effectively address torture and ill-treatment.

Justiça Global and national preventive mechanism of Rio de Janiero

$35,000.00

Honduras

Strengthening capacity of the national preventive mechanism to monitor detention centres and police stations.

Asociación para la Prevención de la Tortura - América Latina

$34,966.00

Honduras

Implementation of the Istanbul Protocol in national policies regarding torture rehabilitation and increase of knowledge of judiciary.

Centro de Prevención, Tratamiento y Rehabilitatión de las Víctimas de la Tortura y sus Familiales (CPTRT) (non-governmental organization)

$34,995.00

Mexico

Strengthening capacity of the experts in the Federal Prosecutor's office concerning effective implementation of the Istanbul Protocol.

Asistencia Legal por los Derechos Humanos (non-governmental organization)

$35,000.00

Senegal

Strengthening capacity of the Senegalese national preventive mechanism.

APT (non-governmental organization)

$18,937.00

Senegal

Strengthening capacity of the Senegalese national preventive mechanism.

Observateur National de Lieux de Privation de Liberté (national preventive mechanism)

$34,770.00

 2014

Country

Project summary

Implementing entity

Grant amount (US Dollars)

Benin

Reduction of overpopulation in places of detention though improved identification of cases of arbitrary detention by State actors and civil society

International Federation of ACAT (Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture)

$35,000.00

Brazil

Monitoring the implementation of the SPT recommendations concerning children deprived of liberty in Brazil

Organisation mondiale contre la torture (non-governmental organization) in partnership with Justiça Global (local non-governmental organization)

$34,802.00

Brazil

Strengthening protection of juveniles deprived of their liberty.

OMCT and Justiça Global (non-governmental organizations)

$34,802.00

Honduras

Increasing knowledge of detainess and staff of penitentiary institutions on the content of the new penitentiary law

National Committee for the Prevention of Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment (national preventive mechanism)

$35,000.00

Maldives

Development and delivery of Istanbul Protocol training on investigation and documentation of torture and other ill-treatment

REDRESS (non-governmental organization)

$34,966.00

Maldives

Improving monitoring and oversight of disciplinary measures for children deprived of their liberty

Ministry of Home Affairs

$23,786.00

Mexico

Increasing knowledge and capacity of law enforcement officers in prevention of torture with a gender perspective

Government of Oaxaca

$35,000.00

Paraguay

Promoting fundamental human rights of persons deprived of liberty and citizen engagement against torture in Paraguay

Fundacíon “Celestina Pérez de Almada"

$34,520.00

 2013

Country

Project summary

Implementing entity

Grant amount (US Dollars)

Benin

Increasing protection of children deprived of their liberty from violence

World Organization against Torture (non-governmental organization) in partnership with Enfants Solidaires d’Afrique et du Monde (local non-governmental organization)

$44,428.00

Honduras

Legal reform and support to the national preventive mechanism

Regional Office for Latin America of the Association for the Prevention of Torture (non-governmental organization) in Panama

$30,325.00

Maldives

Support the national preventive mechanism

Human Rights Commission of Maldives (national preventive mechanism)

$15,328.00

Mexico

Training on combating torture for the Mexican judiciary in partnership with the OHCHR and SPT

International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (non-governmental organization)

$46,855.00

Paraguay

Strengthening the role of judiciary to oversight legality of detention.

Supreme Court of Justice

$35,730.00

2012

Country

Project summary

Implementing entity

Grant amount (US Dollars)

Benin

Improving safeguards for children deprived of their liberty

World Organization against Torture (non-governmental organization) in partnership with Enfants Solidaires d’Afrique et du Monde (local non-governmental organization)

$19,539.00

Honduras

Training for prison staff on human rights standards and prevention of torture

Ministry of Justice and Human Rights

$20,000.00

Honduras

Technical support to the national preventive mechanism in Honduras and training for judges, prosecutors and public defenders

Regional Office for Latin America of the Association for the Prevention of Torture (non-governmental organization) in Panama

$14,847.00

Maldives

The notification of fundamental rights to foreign detainees in their local languages

Human Rights Commission of Maldives (national preventive mechanism)

$13,200.00

Mexico

The provision of training on the use of the Istanbul Protocol

Colectivo contra la tortura y la impunidad (non-governmental organization)

$19,807.00

Paraguay

The systematization of police records

Ministry of the Interior

$19,984.00

Paraguay

The design of fair-trial indicators allowing the monitoring of constitutional guarantees of lawful detention and the presumption of innocence

Supreme Court of Justice

$20,000.00

Paraguay

Support for the work of the national body in charge of the selection of the commissioners for the future national preventive mechanism

Ministry of Justice and Labour

$19,500.00


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