Forthcoming visits by SPT to Argentina and Honduras, April and May 2012

Forthcoming visits by SPT to Argentina and Honduras, April and May 2012

Visits by the SPT are planned to two Latin American countries in the coming months. The 15th visit of the SPT will take place in Argentina from 18 to 27 April 2012 and an SPT advisory visit on NPM will taken place in Honduras from 30 April to 4 May 2012. Further details, when available, [...]

Commissions of inquiry alone cannot fight impunity against torture – UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez

Commissions of inquiry alone cannot fight impunity against torture – UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez

In a report to the UN Human Rights Council, Mr. Méndez has emphasised that whilst commissions of inquiry into torture and other forms of ill-treatment are effective instruments to fight impunity, they do not by themselves satisfy a State’s obligations under international law to adequately investigate and prosecute torture, and to provide effective remedies including [...]

Delegation completes advocacy mission to Colombia to lobby for ratification of OPCAT

Delegation completes advocacy mission to Colombia to lobby for ratification of OPCAT

A delegation consisting of APT Secretary-General Mark Thomson, Emilio Ginés, the Spanish member of the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture and Americas Programme Officer Isabelle Heyer, met with several state officials in Bogotá, including the Minister of Justice, the Vice-President and President of the Human Rights Commission of the House of Representatives, the [...]

UN – OHCHR offer NHRI Fellowship Programme

UN – OHCHR offer NHRI Fellowship Programme

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is offering a fellowship programme for staff members of NHRIs. The aim of the fellowship programme, which is organised by the National Institutions and Regional Mechanisms Section of OHCHR, is to give staff members of NHRIs from all over the world a better understanding and appreciation [...]

ISHR Issues Statement on ‘Paving the way to the 2nd cycle of the UPR’

ISHR Issues Statement on ‘Paving the way to the 2nd cycle of the UPR’

The International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) has issued a statement on ‘Paving the way to the second cycle of the UPR (Panel on technical cooperation)’, which was delivered at the 19th session of the Human Rights Council under Item 10, on 21 March 2012. The statement emphasised that technical cooperation should be supportive of [...]