Nepal: Preventive Detention Monitoring
From 28 July - 6 August the APT visited Nepal to conduct a series of detention monitoring workshops in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj, in cooperation with Advocacy Forum and the Field Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The workshops, attended by representatives of the National Human Rights Commission, Nepal Bar Association and human rights NGOs active in this field, sought to increase the capacity to effectively monitor all types of detention facilities. In addition to the practical aspects of detention monitoring, participants discussed other measures to prevent torture and other forms of ill-treatment, such as the need to make torture an enforceable crime in Nepali penal legislation and the possible ratification of the OPCAT.
In the context of this joint project, the APT's Monitoring Places of Detention: A Practical Guide was translated into Nepali. On 5 August, this new version was launched in the presence of high-level government officials and diplomats.
|Date: ||28 July - 06 August 2008 |
|Place: ||Kathmandu and Nepalgunj, Nepal |
|Purpose: ||To promote increased prevention of torture and other forms of ill-treatment through the ratification and implementation of the OPCAT. |
|Expected Outcome: |
|Next Steps: |
Advocacy Forum, OHCHR-Nepal and the International Commission of Jurists will spearhead the creation of a Working Group on Torture that will be responsible for monitoring progress on anti-torture legislation and advancement of the OPCAT ratification process. The APT will support the efforts of this working group whenever deemed appropriate.
The APT will consider the possibility of providing the Nepalese government with expertise on the setting up of a National Preventive Mechanism under the OPCAT.
|Documents: ||Monitoring Places of Detention: A Practical Guide (Nepali) |
|Contact Persons: |
Barbara Bernath, APT Detention Monitoring Programme Officer
Philippe Tremblay, APT Asia-Pacific Programme Officer