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 President of the Constitutional Court and the Ombudsman. It also held meetings with a wider range of other actors, such as OHCHR, the ICRC, human rights organizations and diplomats. The aim of this advocacy mission, which was conducted during the week of 27 February 2012, was to encourage Colombia to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT). More details, plus an APT Statement on Colombia delivered to the Human Rights Council, during its 19th Session, on 21 March 2012, are available here.

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