Buenos Aires Workshop – December 2011

Workshop: National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and Implementation of UPR Recommendations Relating to Torture Prevention, 13-14 December 2011, University of Palermo Law School, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Funded by a grant from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office Human Rights and Democracy Programme, the HRC hosted a workshop on the role of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in the area of torture prevention on 13 – 14 December 2011, at the University of Palermo Law School, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The two day workshop brought together over 30 Latin American NHRI officials and international experts. The workshop provided a forum for practitioners from within and outside NHRIs – or Defensoría institutions – to engage in a constructive sharing of perspectives and insights related to the role of these novel institutions, particularly with regards to state obligations under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) and in the implementation of UPR recommendations as they pertain to the prevention of torture.

Programme in Spanish

Speaker biographies in Spanish

This workshop explored in depth: How significant is formal design for understanding the role of Defensorías in the area of torture prevention? What contribution can Defensorías make in the transmission of UPR recommendations and the changing of government behaviour on the ground? What are the key strengths and challenges Defensorías face as a rights actor with regards to the prevention and responses to crimes of torture? It also reflected on the quality of relations between Defensorías and other accountability agencies within the state and civil society in eradicating this crime. Finally, the workshop was intended to spotlight best practice and lessons learnt among Defensorías offices with a view to facilitating effective working methods and operating procedures in preparation for the commencement of the UPR’s second cycle in 2012. The meeting concluded with the formulation of a joint declaration by participating NHRIs.