Implementing the OPCAT in Rwanda: 10 Frequently Asked Questions (2015)

On 30 June 2015, Rwanda became a State party to the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OPCAT) with the obligation to establish a National Preventive Mechanism (NPM). Considering that the NPM is a new mechanism which reflects the implementation of international human rights obligations under OPCAT, Rwanda's Ministry of Justice, in collaboration with Rwanda’s National Commission for Human Rights found important that an informative tool shall be developed.

In this regard, they identified a list of 10 frequently asked questions on the basis of discussions they had with stakeholders and potential actors in the area of torture prevention during consultation meetings. They provided short answers to the questions which are written in a friendly way so that the general public can have an idea on the meaning of OPCAT and its operational bodies, namely the NPM and the UN Sub-Committee on Prevention of Torture (SPT).

Developed as a basic informative tool to help readers understand how Rwanda promotes and implements the OPCAT, this booklet can also be used by any stakeholder wishing to contribute to the promotion and implementation of the OPCAT or simply interested in the issue.