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OPCAT Implementation and the Role of NHRIs


Monday, October 18, 2010

On 20-21 October the APT, UNDP Bratislava Regional Center and UNDP Croatia will co-host a meeting in Croatia which will bring together a range of NHRIs, NPMs, civil society actors and UNDP staff. The purpose of the meeting is to exchange experiences among NHRIs regarding their potential role as NPMs under the OPCAT, to discuss good NPM related practice at the national level, and to explore the advantages of cooperation with civil society in this regard.

 

Date: 20 - 21 October 2010
Place: Crikvenica, Croatia
Purpose: To exchange experiences among NHRIs regarding their potential role as NPMs under the OPCAT, to discuss good NPM related practice at the national level, and to explore the advantages of cooperation with civil society in this regard.
Partners: UNDP Bratislava Regional Center
UNDP Croatia
Activities: On 20-21 October 2010 the APT, UNDP Bratislava Regional Center and UNDP Croatia will co-host a two-day meeting in the Croatian coastal town of Crikvenica which will bring together a range of NHRIs, NPMs, civil society actors and UNDP staff to explore the issues referred to above.

Participants from at least a dozen countries in the Europe and Central Asia region will converge on Crikvenica, including Albani, Croatia, Denmark, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Turkey. In addition, a representative of the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives will be present in order to share its experiences of functioning as an NPM.

The Croatian member of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention, Marija Definis-Gojanovic, and the APT Secretary General, Mark Thomson, will also address the audience during the two days.

This event will represent the first regional meeting to be organized by the APT and UNDP on the implementation of the OPCAT in the Europe and Central Asia region.

The APT will use the occasion to introduce the participants to a new publication and CD Rom, Preventing Torture: An Operational Guide for National Human Rights Institutions, which was developed in partnership with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Asia Pacific Forum.
Expected Outcome: It is anticipated that as a result of the event the knowledge of the participants relating to the challenges associated with taking on the function of NPM will be significantly enhanced. Moreover, it is hoped that they will also be sensitized to the important role civil society has to play in not only determining the establishment of NPMs, but crucially, in their functioning thereafter.
Documents: Agenda
Contact Persons: Mark Thomson, APT Secretary General
Audrey Olivier, APT OPCAT Coordinator
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