IRCT Issues Report: Using Human Rights Mechanisms to Promote the Prohibition of Torture

IRCT Issues Report: Using Human Rights Mechanisms to Promote the Prohibition of Torture

 
The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) has released two important guides for human rights defenders on how to use the UN human rights mechanisms to prohibit and prevent torture at the national level, including a specific guide related to the Committee Against Torture:
Engaging with State reviews in the UN Committee Against Torture: A [...]

NPM advisory visit to Honduras

NPM advisory visit to Honduras

From 30 April to 4 May 2012, the SPT conducted its first ever NPM-advisory mission to Honduras. The SPT is mandated by article 11.b) of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture to advise and assist national preventive mechanisms (NPM) in the evaluation of the needs and the means necessary to strengthen the protection [...]

Operation against the Chilean Institute for Human Rights

Operation against the Chilean Institute for Human Rights

Commentary by Tom Pegram (Project Co-Organizer)
An interesting debate has been occurring in the virtual pages of the Chilean broadsheet El Mercurio in recent days.  As I’ve discussed in this blog, the Chilean NHRI or Institute for Human Rights (INDH) since it was created in 2009 has quickly positioned itself as a vocal human rights advocate [...]

Annual Report of the Rio de Janeiro Sub-National Preventive Mechanism to Combat Torture exposes overflowing prison system

Annual Report of the Rio de Janeiro Sub-National Preventive Mechanism to Combat Torture exposes overflowing prison system

The Rio de Janeiro Sub-National Preventive Mechanism to Combat Torture has issued its 2012 report.  Brazil ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture in 2007 but is yet to designate its National Preventive Mechanism (NPM).  Brazil is now in violation of Article 17 of the OPCAT which stipulates that the State Parties to [...]

IACHR Welcomes Law Creating the National Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture in Argentina

IACHR Welcomes Law Creating the National Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture in Argentina

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) welcomes the National Congress of Argentina’s recent approval of legislation that creates the System for Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment. The IACHR applauds this action as an important step in protecting the fundamental rights of persons deprived of liberty and the fulfillment of [...]