Rio de Janeiro's Preventive Mechanism
The Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro adopted on June 30, 2010 the Law 5778 establishing the statewide preventive mechanism to prevent and combat torture under the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture. This law, which is the second in Brazil to come to locally implement the Optional Protocol, is now in the process of being implemented.
In order to contribute to this implementation process, the APT was invited as a panelist, along with the Human Rights Secretariat of the Presidency and the Human Rights Commission of the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro, to participate in a one day thematic meeting on September 10, at the headquarters of the Human Rights and Social Assistance Secretariat of Rio de Janeiro.
The first part of this meeting was dedicated to fostering a dialogue among the different thematic departments of the Human Rights and Social Assistance Secretariat of Rio de Janeiro that deal with related issues, in order to build an integrated agenda to prevent and combat torture in the State of Rio de Janeiro through the articulation of actions and policies carried out by the Secretariat.
The second part of the meeting brought together civil society organizations and governmental actors to discuss in detail the provisions of the Law 5778 and to reflect upon implementation measures and the role of civil society in this process. Furthermore, a work schedule proposal was presented outlining next steps for implementing the measures provided for in the law. The next step to be taken is the launching of a public call to elect representatives of civil society to integrate the State Committee to Prevent and Combat Torture by September 15th (for the full schedule, see below).