OPCAT Promotion in Japan
|Date: ||5 - 7 October 2009 |
|Place: ||Japan |
To promote the strengthening of initiatives to prevent torture and other ill-treatment in detention, in particular through ratification of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OPCAT). Travelling with the APT team was Silvia Casale, member of the Council of Europe Committee for the Prevention of Torture, who is also former Chairperson of that Committee and of the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture.
During its visit, the delegation participated in a number of events including a symposium on the OPCAT and the role of NHRIs and a meeting with Parliamentarians and civil society, both organised by the Japan Federation of Bar Associations. A reception held by the British Embassy provided the opportunity to discuss torture prevention and the OPCAT with government officials and members of the diplomatic community.
Japan Federation of Bar Associations
Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions
|Unique Aspects: ||This was the first time the OPCAT was discussed in such a forum in Japan. It was also the first visit of the APT to Japan. |
|Next Steps: ||The initiatives in Tokyo represent the start of a process which should include further discussions involving a broad range of actors, regarding the significance of OPCAT ratification for Japan and the best options for implementation. APT will seek to support this process. |
The OPCAT Frequently Asked Questions leaflet has been translated into Japanese and was disseminated.
|Contact Person: ||Jem Stevens, APT Asia-Pacific Programme Officer |