COPCAT Shorts: The Greek Ombudsman on the OPCAT

The declared objective of the Optional Protocol was to establish a system of monitoring, by international and independent national bodies, of the conditions in deprivation of liberty in order to avoid acts of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Its necessity, obvious: without the Optional Protocol, the UN Convention against torture would lack the necessary and effective mechanism for the control of detention conditions. It would remain a declaration of intent, without an assessment of practices and applied policies. Its importance, highly significant: the fact that a significant number of countries that have subscribed to the UN Convention against torture, has yet to ratify the Optional Protocol, thus abstaining from the substantive application of the Convention itself serves as indicative proof: from the US and Canada to the Russian Federation, the countries of the Middle East, northern and eastern Africa and Asia.

OPCAT: National Preventive Mechanism Against Torture And Ill-treatment, Annual Special Report 2016 – The Greek Ombudsman (page 4).

Read the recently published Greek Ombudsman Special Report 2016 in English.

Explore the Greek Ombudsman website.

Read the UN Committee against Torture’s recent Concluding observations on Canada.

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