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

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

45th SPT session (from 8 to 12 November 2021)

Recent Events and Developments

Protocol for national preventive mechanisms undertaking on-site visits during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic (CAT/OP/11)
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Follow-up to the first advice of the Subcommittee to States parties and national preventive mechanisms relating to COVID-19 pandemic (CAT/OP/12)
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Bangkok Rules anniversary / Invitation to co-sign statement English | French | Spanish | Portuguese

44th SPT online session (from 14 to 18 June 2021)

Chairperson's statement to the 75th GA session: 15 October 2020

European and UN anti-torture bodies emphasise the absolute nature of the prohibition of torture and other forms of ill-treatment
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10th Anniversary
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