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The Role of NPMs in Protecting Individuals' Key Rights in Police Custody


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The National Preventive Mechanism of Albania recently hosted the second of six thematic workshops for NPMs in the Council of Europe region. The event focused on the role of NPMs in protecting individuals' key rights upon deprivation of liberty by the police. A combination of invited international experts, including members of the SPT and former members of the CPT, and NPM representatives discussed both the standards which apply to detention by the police as well as how police custody facilities might be monitored in practice.

The European NPM Project is unique in that it is the only initiative in the Council of Europe region which regularly brings together European NPMs for the purpose of such peer-to-peer exchanges and which offers NPMs in-country detention monitoring trainings.

 

 

Date: 9 - 10 June 2010
Place: Tirana, Albania
Purpose: To strengthen the prevention of torture at the national level in Council of Europe Member States.
Partners: The meeting was funded by the Council of Europe, European Union and the Human Rights Trust Fund with the APT as an implementing partner and the NPM of Albania as a co-organizer.
Activities:

The NPM of Albania hosted the second of six thematic workshops for NPMs in the Council of Europe region, which will take place in the period 2010-2011. Nearly twenty NPMs attended the event, which focused on the role of NPMs in protecting individuals’ key rights upon deprivation of liberty by the police.

A combination of invited international experts, including members of the SPT and former members of the CPT, and NPM representatives discussed both the standards which apply to detention by the police as well as how police custody facilities might be monitored in practice. In doing so, a range of relevant issues were examined, including: the key rights upon deprivation of liberty by the police, the main areas of concern in practice from both international and national perspectives, key medical issues, methodology and challenges when monitoring the respect of the relevant rights of persons deprived of liberty by the police, the police perspective and special rights of vulnerable groups.

The European NPM Project is unique in that it is the only initiative in the Council of Europe region which regularly brings together European NPMs for the purpose of such peer-to-peer exchanges and which offers NPMs in-country detention monitoring trainings.

Outcome:

This peer-to-peer meeting was the second thematic component of the European NPM Project, which, as a whole, seeks to enhance the capacity of NPMs to prevent torture and other forms of ill-treatment. It is anticipated that, as a result of the project's combined activities, NPMs in the Council of Europe region will be much better placed to implement their functions as torture prevention bodies in the light of the OPCAT.

The third Thematic Workshop in the context of the European NPM Project is set to take place on the issues pertaining to the preparation of NPM visits. It will be hosted by the NPM of Armenia and is due to take place in Yerevan on 13 and 14 October 2010.

Documents: Agenda
Contact Persons:

Sébastien Ramu, APT Legal Adviser

Matthew Pringle, APT Europe & Central Asia Programme Officer

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