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Looking forward: Actions for torture prevention actors

This section compiles the ideas for actions to strengthen the role of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and of the NPMs, identified by experts and practitioners during the sessions of the Forum.

The outcome report gathers the main elements of the discussions and the concrete actions that were identified to go from pledges to action:

Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture

The lack of resources is a major challenge for the SPT and it was acknowledged in all the discussions. However, there are still ways that its impact can be enhanced. Practical suggestions made by participants in the Forum included:


National Preventive Mechanisms

The nature and structure of NPMs vary from one country to another, as well as their mandates, effectiveness, working methods and experience – and sometimes – their level of compliance with the OPCAT. This broad diversity emerged during the Forum. However, there are also some common challenges:

Finally, some overarching issues for NPMs effectiveness emerged:

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