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 of persons deprived of their liberty against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; and to make recommendations and observations to the States Parties with a view to strengthening the capacity and the mandate of the NPM.

In addition to providing advice and assistance regarding the NPM in Honduras, the SPT visit to Honduras reviewed the implementation of the recommendations made by the SPT after its previous mission to the country, which took place in September 2009.

During its mission, the SPT held high level meetings with Government officials, civil society, and with the NPM. The SPT devoted a large part of its visit to advise and provide technical assistance to the Honduran NPM, with which it jointly visited places of detention and carried out interviews with persons deprived of their liberty.

Among the places of deprivation of liberty visited was the Comayagua prison, which burnt during the night of 14 February 2012, causing more than 360 deaths.

The members that participated to the SPT mission to Honduras were Mario Coriolano (Head of Delegation), Zbigniew Lasocik, Hans Petersen and Maria Margarida Pressburger. They were assisted by OHCHR staff members, and counted with the support of the office of the OHCHR Human Rights Advisor to the UN Country Team in Honduras.

Report in HRTD Newsletter No. 16-17, Apr-Sept 2012, available here.

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