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

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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UN experts on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture: COVID-19 exacerbates the risk of ill-treatment and torture worldwide
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Advice to States Parties and National Preventive Mechanisms relating to the Coronavirus Pandemic (2020)

Advice on compulsory quarantine for Coronavirus-COVID-19 (2020)


Recent Events and Developments

41st online SPT session (from 15 to 19 June): the SPT has exceptionally decided to hold the opening and closing meetings of its 41st session in public, as well as its informal meeting of the States parties; these meetings will be webcast at: http://webtv.un.org. The programme of the online session is available here.

Statement by UN Torture Prevention Experts: 26 June 2020

Chairperson's statement to the 74th GA session: 14 October 2019

Visit to Ghana, from 26 May to 1 June 2019

Visit to Senegal, from 5 to 16 May 2019

Visit to Switzerland, from 27 January to 7 February 2019 

Visit to Costa Rica, from 3 to 14 March 2019

Visit to Liberia, from 29 October to 2 November

European and UN anti-torture bodies: duty to protect dignity of detained persons
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