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Strengthening the monitoring capacity of the Costa Rica NPM


Monday, August 8, 2011

A recent workshop aimed to strengthen the Costa Rica NPM monitoring methodology, through a joint visit to a detention center accompanied by observers from the APT. After a first day devoted to the preparation of the visit and to discussions about the preventive methodology of visits, the NPM members and observers from the APT carried out a one-day visit to a detention center in San José, during which representatives of the APT were able to observe the work carried out by the NPM.

Activities: The Association for the Prevention of Torture organized jointly with the National Prevention Mechanism (NPM) of Costa Rica a workshop dedicated to preventive detention monitoring from July 26th to 28th 2011. Costa Rica ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture in December 2005 and its NPM began operations in January 2009. Since then, the APT has organized a number of activities on strategic planning and preventive monitoring.

This workshop aimed to strengthen the Costa Rica NPM monitoring methodology, through a joint visit to a detention center accompanied by observers from the APT. After a first day devoted to the preparation of the visit and to discussions about the preventive methodology of visits, the NPM members and observers from the APT carried out a one-day visit to a detention center in San José, during which representatives of the APT were able to extensively observe the work carried out by the NPM.

The third and final day was devoted to a detailed analysis of all the various steps of the visit, including a discussion on final reports and the elaboration of recommendations.
Outcome: By having an operational and practical approach this workshop proved to be highly relevant to identify good practices and areas of possible improvements to the methodology of visits carried out by the NPM. A small team environment coordinated with the informal approach of the debate sessions allowed for open and frank debate and comments, and the members of the NPM expressed their willingness to adapt some of their working methods,  to reflect the principles of preventive monitoring discussed during this 3 day activity.
Documents: Agenda
Relevant Publications: The Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention against Torture: A Manual for Implementation

Monitoring Places of Detention: A Practical Guide
Partners: National Prevention Mechanism Costa Rica
Contact Persons: Jean-Sébastien Blanc, APT Detention Monitoring Adviser

Sylvia Dias, Director APT Office for Latin America

 

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