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OPTIONAL PROTOCOL TO THE CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE (OPCAT)
SUBCOMMITTEE ON PREVENTION OF TORTURE

Introduction


What is the SPT?

The Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (“SPT”) is a new kind of treaty body in the United Nations human rights system. It has a preventive mandate focused on an innovative, sustained and proactive approach to the prevention of torture and ill treatment. The SPT started its work in February 2007.

More about the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture…



Ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman
or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, August 2014

Status of ratification of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture

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See the map on ratifications (PDF) of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

Upcoming Events

SPT NPM advisory visit to Ecuador: 1-4 September 2014

SPT visit to Azerbaijan: 8-17 September 2014

SPT NPM advisory visit to Malta: 6-9 October 2014

24th session: 17-21 November 2014

5th meeting of State parties - Elections 2014

Key UN group on prevention of torture announces countries to be visited in 2014

Recent Events and Developments

SPT concludes its high level advisory visit to Nigeria

23rd session: 2-6 June 2014

SPT visit to Nicaragua, 7-16 May 2014
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SPT concludes its high level advisory visit to Nigeria

22nd session: 24-28 February 2014

Programme of Field Visits for 2014

SPT visit Cambodia, 9-13 December 2013

UN torture prevention group urges Cambodia to set up independent body to monitor treatment of prisoners

SPT visit to Gabon, 3-12 December 2013

21st session: 11-15 November 2013

SPT visit to Peru, 10-20 September 2013

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