Ecuador completes second universal period review

Ecuador completes second universal period review

The second Universal Period Review (UPR) report of Ecuador was considered during the 13th session of the Human Rights Council, on May 21 2012.
Led by the Vice-President Mr Lenin Moreno Garcès, the high-level delegation, which also included the Ecuadorian Minister of Justice, engaged proactively in the interactive dialogue. Indeed, as noted by the ‘International Service [...]

Project coordinator contributes to UN e-discussion on the role of NHRIs in the second cycle of the UPR

Project coordinator contributes to UN e-discussion on the role of NHRIs in the second cycle of the UPR

Tom Pegram, project co-coordinator, has contributed to an e-Discussion being conducted across UN knowledge networks on the role of NHRIs in the second cycle of the UPR. The e-Discussion is an opportunity to share experiences, good practices and lessons learned on UN and national engagement with the UPR process, and to reflect on opportunities and [...]

UN Secretary General releases a new report on NHRIs

UN Secretary General releases a new report on NHRIs

The office of UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has released a new report on NHRIs which contains information on the activities undertaken by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to establish and strengthen national institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights.  The report highlights the main achievements, challenges [...]

NGOs bring world experts to discuss torture prevention in Hungary

NGOs bring world experts to discuss torture prevention in Hungary

On 14 and 15 May 2012 the Mental Disability Advocacy Center and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee co-organised a conference in Budapest to strengthen efforts to prevent torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in places of deprivation of liberty in Hungary.   Read more here.

OPCAT Briefing Series – National Preventive Mechanisms: Drafting effective annual reports

OPCAT Briefing Series – National Preventive Mechanisms: Drafting effective annual reports

The Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) has recently published a briefing paper that includes recommendations and practical advice on National Preventive Mechanisms annual reports. Under Article 23 of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OPCAT), State Parties are required to “publish and disseminate the annual reports of the national preventive [...]