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Northern Ireland NPM Meeting


Thursday, March 3, 2011

The five bodies designated as the UK NPM in Northern Ireland met in Belfast on 25 February in order to discuss a number of common issues. The exchange was hosted by one of the five bodies, the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority. The APT was invited to the event in order to contextualize the overall discussion internationally, particularly to speak about how the OPCAT is being implemented elsewhere as well as the role of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention.

Date: 25 February 2011
Place: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Purpose: Participation in the Northern Ireland NPM Roundtable Meeting.
Activities: The five bodies designated as the UK NPM in Northern Ireland recently met in Belfast in order to discuss a number of common issues. The exchange, which was hosted by one of the five bodies, the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority on 25 February 2011, was attended by various representatives of the said mechanisms. They included the Northern Ireland Criminal Justice Inspection, Independent Monitoring Boards, Northern Ireland Policing Board Independent Custody Visiting Scheme and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons in England and Wales. In addition to monitoring places of detention in Northern Ireland, the latter institution also has the responsibility for coordinating the overall 18-body NPM in the UK.     

The roundtable meeting brought together other important representatives in the country which are not part of the NPM. These included the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, Northern Ireland Prisoner and Police Ombudspersons Offices and the NGO, Committee on the Administration of Justice.

The APT was invited to the event in order to contextualize the overall discussion internationally, particularly to speak about how the OPCAT is being implemented elsewhere as well as the role of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention.
Outcome: The roundtable revealed itself to be a good opportunity for the five bodies to give an account of their activities in view of the OPCAT and to discuss potential cooperation between the different actors, both within and without the NPM. It is therefore anticipated that similar meetings will take place in the future.  

The recently published First Annual Report of the UK NPM 2009-2010 was also examined during the exchange. The publication was compiled and produced by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons in England and Wales. Interestingly, several matters of common concern among the 18 actors were noted during this section of the event, more details of which can be found in the annual report.
Documents: Agenda
Annual Report of the UK NPM 2009-2010
Contact Person: Matthew Pringle, APT Europe & Central Asia Programme Officer
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