APT’s Guidance on Selection of Candidates and on Current Membership of the SPT

APT’s Guidance on Selection of Candidates and on Current Membership of the SPT

In advance of the October 2012 elections at the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT), the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) has published two practical papers to assist national actors in identifying the best candidates at the domestic level. The first provides guidance on the selection of candidates at the domestic level; it describes the role of an SPT member, the practical aspects of the mandate, the specific skills and expertise needed to be an SPT member as well as guidance on the selection process at the domestic level; and the second is an information note detailing current membership of the Subcommittee.

Candidates for the SPT must be proposed by States Parties to the Secretary General of the United Nations (OHCHR) before August 2012. The APT is encouraging national actors – including national human rights institutions, civil society organisations, academia and National Preventive Mechanisms – to propose adequate candidates to their national authorities as soon as possible.

The guides can be accessed from the APT website.

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