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Maldives: NPM Implementation in Action


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Maldives, 2009From 6 to 10 July, the APT, together with its partner TC Team Consult, assisted the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) of the Maldives to revise their action plan defined in January 2009, and to strengthen the capacity of the NPM staff and other relevant staff of the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives on detention monitoring methodology and reporting. Two training visits to police custodial facilities were carried out in the framework of the workshop, which was the second phase of a year long programme.

 

 

Date:
06 - 10 July 2009
Place:
Maldives
Purpose:
To follow-up on the organisational development and capacity strengthening of the NPM in the Maldives.
Partners:

Human Rights Commission of the Maldives

TC Team Consult

Activities:

In January 2009, the staff of the NPM and its host institution, the National Human Rights Commission of the Maldives, examined the relevant provisions of the OPCAT, their own current situation, capacity, needs and internal processes, the national context and detention monitoring methodology. They defined a mission statement and seven strategic objectives for the coming two years, as well as an action plan with performance indicators.

In February 2009, following the SPT in-country mission in December 2007 to the Maldives, the report was published. The SPT report provides for specific guidelines for the development of the NPM in the Maldives as well as useful recommendations regarding the legal and institutional framework and the situation of deprivation of deprivation to improve the prevention of torture.

From 6 to 10 July 2009, the APT, together with its partner TC Team Consult, assisted the NPM to revise their action plan defined last January 2009, strengthen the capacity of the NPM staff and other relevant staff of the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives on detention monitoring methodology and reporting. Two training visits to police custodial facilities were carried out in the framework of the workshop.

This was the second part of a one year programme. This workshop represented a new phase in the APT's ongoing work in support of the OPCAT worldwide. In addition, the NPM is in a unique position in which the SPT had provided some public guidelines on its development and encouraged it to follow-up its recommendations.

Outcome:

At the end of the workshop, it is expected that the NPM staff would have:

  • A revised action plan according to the challenges they face
  • priorities defined and adopted for their work and integrated them into their action plan
  • the capacity to adapt and revise their monitoring methodology
  • a strategy to follow-up on the SPT report to the Maldives
  • an enhanced understanding of the drafting and dissemination of an NPM annual report
  • identify possible issues of concern for the January 2009
Next Steps:
A third workshop will take place in January 2010 to follow-up on the strategic plan of the NPM and other issues relevant to the NPM work.
Contact Persons:

Barbara Bernath, APT Detention Monitoring Programme Officer

Audrey Olivier, APT OPCAT Coordinator

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