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Nepal: National Workshop on Torture Prevention


Monday, September 3, 2007

ImageOn 6 September, the APT, the OHCHR and Advocacy Forum hosted a national seminar on torture prevention, which was attended by officials from all key government departments, as well as staff from the National Human Rights Commission and high-profile legal experts and NGOs representatives.

The objective of this seminar was to identify measures which ought to be taken by Nepal in order to comply with recommendations made before the Peoples’ Movement by the Special Rapporteur on Torture and other UN bodies such as the Committee against Torture.

The Nepali version of APT's Guide to the Establishment and Designation of National Preventive Mechanisms was officially launched in the presence of the Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Subas Nembang, and the Attorney General Mr. Yegya Murti Banjade. 

Date: 06 September 2007
Place:
Kathmandu, Nepal
Partners:

Advocacy Forum

Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights  

Purpose: To convene all relevant national actors to reflect upon and assess the main challenges faced by Nepal in the field of torture prevention, in order to identify strategies and ways forward. This workshop follows an exploratory mission undertaken in March 2007, during which the APT had the chance to meet most national actors involved in torture prevention. 
Main Activities:
On 6 September, the APT, the OHCHR and Advocacy Forum will host a national seminar on torture prevention, which is to be attended by officials from all key government departments (eg. Department of Penitenciaries, Ministry of Justice), as well as staff from the National Human Rights Commission and high-profile legal experts and NGOs representatives.  

Two years after the visit of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (SRT) and more than one year since the Peoples’ Movement put an end to the absolute rule of King Gyanendra, it is time to step back and look at what has been achieved since then and, most importantly, at the issues which still need to be addressed.

The objective of this seminar is to identify measures which ought to be taken by Nepal in order to comply with recommendations made before the Peoples’ Movement by the SRT and other UN bodies such as the Committee against Torture. In spite of the drastic change in the political landscape, the bulk of those recommendations retain their relevance.

Participants will assess the new draft anti-torture bill against the requirements of the Convention against Torture, and will discuss other related issues such as the need for training for law enforcement personnel. Furthermore, they will consider the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture as a means to combat and eradicate torture and other forms of ill-treatment in Nepal.
Contact Person:
Philippe Tremblay, APT Asia-Pacific Programme Officer
Documents: 

Event Program, Welcoming Remarks by the Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal, Nepalese Press Coverage

APT Guide to the Establishment & Designation of National Preventive Mechanisms - Nepali  

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