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, will be posted on the OHCHR SPT website.

The Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (SPT) has an operational function which consists in visiting all places of detention in States parties, and an advisory function which consists in providing assistance and advice to both States parties and National Preventive Mechanisms (NPM). Under the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture, the SPT has unrestricted access to all places of detention, including police stations, military and civilian prisons and detention centres (e.g. pre-trial detention centres, immigration detention centres and juvenile justice establishments), mental health and social care institutions and any other place where people are deprived of their liberty.

The SPT’s mandate also includes providing assistance and advice to States in the establishment of NPMs. State parties have an obligation to establish NPMs, which are independent national bodies for the prevention of torture and ill-treatment at the domestic level, pursuant to article 17 of the OPCAT. Whilst it is the responsibility of the State to ensure that it has a NPM in place which complies with the requirements of the OPCAT, the Protocol provides guidance concerning the establishment of those bodies, including their mandate and powers.

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