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First Meeting of European National Preventive Mechanisms Contact Persons


Thursday, January 21, 2010
Padua, European NPM MeetingOne of Italy's oldest seats of learning, the University of Padua, recently co-hosted the first meeting of European National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs). On 27-28 January 2010 nominated NPM representatives from 20 countries converged on the city to participate in a two-day peer-to-peer meeting focused on torture prevention, which was the first of several activities to take place in 2010 - 2011. The overall initiative, which is known as the European NPM Project, foresees a series of so-called on-site detention monitoring trainings for NPMs as well as of thematic workshops, both of which will be hosted by the NPMs themselves.

 

Date:
27 - 28 January 2010
Place:
Padua, Italy
Purpose:
To strengthen the prevention of torture at the national level in Council of Europe Member States.
Partners:
This first meeting was funded by the Council of Europe, European Union and the Human Rights Trust Fund with the APT as an implementing partner and the University of Padua's Interdepartmental Centre on Human Rights and the Rights of People as a co-organizer.
Activities:

One of Italy's oldest seats of learning, the University of Padua, recently co-hosted the first meeting of European National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs). On 27-28 January 2010 nominated NPM representatives from 20 countries converged on the city to participate in a two-day peer-to-peer meeting focused on torture prevention, which was the first of several activities to take place in 2010 - 2011. The overall initiative, which is known as the European NPM Project, foresees a series of so-called on-site detention monitoring trainings for NPMs as well as of thematic workshops, both of which will be hosted by the NPMs themselves.

The exchange in Padua was designed to help identify possible target NPMs for the future on-site trainings and to explore issues which will form the basis of future thematic workshops. In preparation for the Padua meeting the NPM representatives were asked to highlight key issues and challenges which they have encountered in their day-to-day work with a view to discussing them with their peers in the NPM network. On the day a whole range of interesting issues emerged and were taken into consideration for future events.

In addition to the areas of focus, referred to above, the meeting in Padua set the scene for the project's first substantive exchange, namely on the concept of preventive monitoring. Presentations on this important matter were given by representatives of the APT, NPMs and the UN Subcommittee on Prevention as well as former members of the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture.

Outcome:
This activity represented an important initial component of the European NPM Project, which, as a whole, seeks to enhance the capacity of NPMs to prevent torture. It is anticipated that, as a result of the project's combined on-site training activities and the thematic workshops, the NPMs will be much better placed to implement their functions as torture prevention bodies in the light of the OPCAT.
Next Steps:
In the course of 2010 three thematic workshops and four on-site detention monitoring trainings are envisaged. The University of Padua will co-host the next activity, namely a thematic workshop on a yet to be decided subject in March 2010. Further activities will be announced in the near future.
Documents:

Description of the European NPM Project

More details and documents are available on the event website

Contact Persons:

Tanya Norton, APT Detention Monitoring Adviser

Matthew Pringle, APT Europe & Central Asia Programme Officer

Audrey Olivier, APT OPCAT Coordinator

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