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Promoting the National System of Prevention in Argentina


Sunday, November 6, 2011

The APT visited Argentina, from 12-19 October, to carry out a training on monitoring places of deprivation of liberty and to promote the establishment of the National System for Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading, whose bill of law is pending in the Senate,and to support the creation of a local mechanism of prevention in the province of Cordoba.

The APT was in the city of Cordoba, Argentina, accompanied by Emilio Ginés, member of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture, on the invitation of the Regional Delegation of the National Prison Attorney Office (Procuración Penitenciaria de la Nación, PPN). During its visit, the APT delegation met with the Parliamentary Committee of Labor of the Provincial Legislature and recently elected provincial legislators, to disseminate the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture and support the creation of a provincial mechanism to prevent torture. The delegation also met with civil society organizations at the headquarters of the Memorial Provincial Commission of Cordoba.

As part of the efforts to disseminate the Optional Protocol and monitoring of places of deprivation of liberty as one of the most effective ways to prevent torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and to strengthen the capacity of a wide number of actors, the PPN and the National University of Cordoba, held the training course 'Monitoring places of detention'. The APT and SPT member made presentations in the second module of the course, along with the head of the National Prison Attorney Office, Francisco Mugnolo, about prevention of torture through monitoring places of detention, and the implementation of the mechanisms to prevent torture in comparative law.

In Buenos Aires, the delegation held bilateral meetings with representatives of the Executive and Legislative branches, including members of the Commissions of Rights and Criminal Justice of the Senate, which is currently examining the bill of law to create the National System for the Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading, which recently entered the Senate after being approved unanimously by the House of Representatives.

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