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Preventing Torture in South Africa


Friday, December 12, 2008

Preventing Torture in South AfricaFrom 01 to 05 December, the APT, together with the South African Human Rights Commission, organized a series of activities with the aim of promoting the implementation of the UNCAT and the ratification of its Optional Protocol. These activities, which were carried out in the context of the Agreement of Cooperation between the South African Human Rights Commission and the APT, included training on monitoring places of detention and a workshop on the criminalization of torture.

 

Date:
01 - 05 December 2008
Place:
Cape Town, South Africa
Partners:
South Africa Human Rights Commission (SAHRC)
Purpose:
To promote the full implementation of the UN Convention against Torture (UNCAT) and the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) in South Africa.
Activities:
  • A two-day training on monitoring places of detention;
  • A workshop on the Torture Bill criminalizing torture and the obligations under the UNCAT;
  • Participation in the third meeting of the SAHRC's Section Five Torture Committee, which has the triple objective of domestication of the UNCAT provisions, advocating for the ratification of the OPCAT and promoting its implementation by facilitating the establishment of an NPM in South Africa.
  • Meeting with the newly appointed Inspectorate Judge of the Judicial Inspectorate of Prisons and his staff.
Outcome:
  • Joint advocacy with the SAHRC and others for the ratification of the OPCAT and full implementation of obligations under the UNCAT, in particular the criminalization of torture;
  • Capacity strengthening, in particular as regards monitoring places of deprivation of liberty;
  • Better understanding of the legal obligations under the UNCAT and the criminalization of torture;
  • Identification of national initiatives for torture prevention in which the APT could add value.
  • The APT will continue to support relevant actors in South Africa towards the ratification and effective implementation of international instruments on torture prevention.
Contact Persons:

Marina Narvaez, APT UN & Legal Programme Officer

Auro Fraser, APT Detention Monitoring Advisor

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