The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture by Rachel Murray

The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture

byRachel Murray, Elina Steinerte, Malcolm Evans

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The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) establishes an independent international monitoring committee (SPT) which itself will visit states and places where persons are deprived of their liberty. It also requires states to set up independent national bodies to visitplaces of detention. This book, drawing upon events held and interviews with governments, civil society, members of UN treaty bodies, national visiting bodies and others, identifies key factors that have shaped the operation of these visiting bodies since OPCAT came into force in 2006. It looks indetail at the background to the adoption of the Protocol, as well as how the international committee, the SPT, has carried out its mandate in its first few years. It examines the range of places of detention that could be visited by these bodies, and the expectations placed on the national visitingbodies themselves. The book also places the OPCAT within the broader system of torture prevention in the UN and elsewhere and identifies a range of trends arising from the different geographical regions. As well as providing an insight into its work, this detailed examination of OPCAT also provides valuable lessonsfor other new human rights treaties such as the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Convention on Enforced Disappearances, which have similar provisions concerning national mechanisms.

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Rachel Murray is a Professor of International Human Rights Law at the University of Bristol and Director of its Human Rights Implementation Centre. Dr Elina Steinerte is a Research Associate at the Human Rights Implementation Centre of the University of Bristol. Professor Malcolm Evans is Professor of International Law at the Universit...
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Title:The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against TortureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:September 11, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. The origins and development of OPCAT2. Drafting of OPCAT: Towards deadlock 1991-20003. The text of OPCAT4. The Scope of OPCAT5. The Role of the SPT6. The Role of NPMs7. OPCAT within the Broader UN and Regional System8. Regional Trends towards Ratification and Implementation of OPCAT9. Conclusion: Emerging Trends and the Future of OPCATAppendix I: OPCATAppendix II: Rules of Procedure of the Subcommittee on Prevention of TortureAppendix III: Guidelines of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment in relation to visits to States partiesAppendix IV: Preliminary Guidelines on NPMsAppendix V: Guidelines on National Preventive MechanismsAppendix VI: The approach of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture to the concept of prevention of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or PunishmentAppendix VII: Members of the SPT as at January 2011Appendix VIII: Chronology of States visited by the SPT