Supporting the NPM Designation Process in Spain
|Date: ||11 June 2008 |
|Place: ||Madrid, Spain |
|Purpose: ||Participation in the 2nd Conference on the Application in Spain of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture |
The APT was invited to participate in the '2nd Conference on the Application in Spain of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture', which took place in Madrid, Spain on 11 June 2008. The event was organized by the University Institute for International and European Studies 'Francisco de Vitoria' of the Carlos III University, under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain, the Ministry of Justice of Spain and the Inter-American and European Network on Human Rights (LAEHR).
The event aimed to provide a comparative analysis, relevant to the Spanish context, of implementation of the OPCAT in different States Parties which must designate their National Preventive Mechanism (NPM). National and international practitioners and experts participated, including three members of the UN Subcommittee on Torture Prevention (SPT).
Since Spain ratified the OPCAT in April 2006, the APT has played a key role in bringing together relevant state and civil society actors in Spain to jointly construct an adequate and legitimate NPM.
|Outcome: ||It is expected that this public event will help revive the NPM designation in Spain which became stalled in late 2007, due to the presidential election process. It is also hoped that the presentations and debates will help further define the NPM model in Spain, which the Government has announced will be established by law and will include participation of the Ombudsman Office (Defensoría del Pueblo) and civil society organizations. |
For further information about the NPM process in Spain, please see El proceso de designación del MNP en España - documentos relevantes.
|Contact Persons: |
Claudia Gerez, Americas Programme Officer
Marina Narvaez, UN & Legal Programme Officer