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First Thematic Workshop: 'The role of NPMs in preventing ill-treatment in psychiatric institutions'


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The University of Padua co-hosted the first of six thematic workshops for NPMs in the Council of Europe region, which will take place in the period 2010-2011. Sixteen NPMs attended the event, which focused on the role of NPMs in preventing torture and other forms of ill-treatment in psychiatric institutions and social care homes.

 

Date:
24 -25 March 2010
Place:
Padua, Italy
Purpose:
To strengthen the prevention of torture at the national level in Council of Europe Member States.
Partners:
The 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:

The University of Padua co-hosted the first of six thematic workshops for NPMs in the Council of Europe region, which will take place in the period 2010-2011. Sixteen NPMs attended the event, which focused on the role of NPMs in preventing torture and other forms of ill-treatment in psychiatric institutions and social care homes.

A combination of invited international experts and NPM representatives discussed both the standards which apply to such detention settings as well as how such facilities might be monitored in practice. In doing so, a range of relevant issues were examined including: the specific rights and guarantees concerned with mental health and social care placement; rights and conditions in mental health facilities; psychiatric treatment and after-care; the use of restraints in psychiatric institutions; and mental health issues relating to vulnerable groups such as children and immigrants. In addition, key elements relating to a visit to such detention settings and related best practices were also discussed among the participants.

The European NPM Project is unique in that it is the only initiative in the Council of Europe region which regularly brings together European NPMs for the purpose of such peer-to-peer exchanges and which offers NPMs in-country detention monitoring trainings.

Outcome:
This peer-to-peer meeting was the first thematic component of the European NPM Project, which, as a whole, seeks to enhance the capacity of NPMs to prevent torture and other forms of ill-treatment. It is anticipated that, as a result of the project's combined activities, NPMs in the Council of Europe region will be much better placed to implement their functions as torture prevention bodies in the light of the OPCAT.
Next Steps:
The second Thematic Workshop in the context of the European NPM Project is set to take place on the topic of ‘Rights related to prevention of ill-treatment’ and will be hosted by the Albanian NPM in Tirana on 9-10 June 2010.
Documents:

Agenda

Description of the European NPM Project

Detailed information about this event can be found at the event website

Contact Persons:

Matthew Pringle, APT Europe & Central Asia Programme Officer

Tanya Norton, APT Detention Monitoring Adviser

 

Photos courtesy of the University of Padua

Padua, March 2010

 

Padua, March 2010

 

Padua, March 2010

 

 

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