About this site

The development of the Canada OPCAT Project website has been the initiative of an individual human rights activist, Matthew Pringle, who quite simply did so after identifying the existence of a sizeable information gap about the OPCAT in Canada. Over the summer of 2018 the Canada OPCAT Project slowly saw the light of day.

The website was devised and developed by Matthew, who, while not especially technical, is a human rights specialist who has been active in the field for over 23 years. Matthew’s deep interest in torture prevention principally originates in the decade or so he spent working for the Association for the Prevention of Torture in Geneva, Switzerland. During this time he worked intensively on the ratification and implementation of the OPCAT in at least a couple of dozen countries. Thus, he remains highly knowledgeable about the topic.

Moreover, Matthew also actively worked documenting acts of torture and other ill-treatment (and numerous other human rights violations) while working as a researcher at Amnesty International’s International Secretariat in London, United Kingdom for five years from 1999 to 2003.

Until recently, he worked for a non-profit organization which strove to advance the human rights of Indigenous women and girls, based in the nation’s capital Ottawa. He is also an expert consultant on two Council of Europe prison oversight projects and a member of the ICPA’s Expert Network on External Prison Oversight and Human Rights.

Matthew holds various postgraduate qualifications in international human rights law and politics, including a PhD.


Logo design by Indressa Creative – @sweetcherrycactus on Instagram. Infinite thanks to the very talented Indressa for her superb work.

Technical assistance

The author of this site has been the grateful recipient of technical advice from several quarters (who wish to remain anonymous). Nonetheless, many thanks are extended to these helpful individuals for their generosity in time and effort.


This website relies on photographs which have kindly been made available free-of-charge through the generosity of individual freelance photographers under Flickr’s Creative Commons and other programs. Wherever possible, the names or monikers of the photographers have been acknowledged in the captions accompanying the images.

Gloucester Prison

Gloucester Prison by kennysarmy (2016).

The author of this website remains extremely grateful to the photographers whose works are featured in the pages of this torture-prevention website.

If you are a photographer and would like your detention-related photographs featured on this website, we would be very pleased to hear from you (please use the contact button just here).