The Commissioner and the Ombudsman of the French Republic jointly organise an international colloquy on the prevention of torture in Europe

[18/01/08 18:00] Commissioner Hammarberg and the Ombudsman of the French Republic, Jean-Paul Delevoye, organise today a colloquy on the prevention of torture, with the participation of ombudspersons, heads of national human rights institutions as well as NGO and IGO representatives.

Jointly organized with the French National consultative Commission for Human Rights and the National Council of French Bars, the colloquy focused on the European and UN requirements concerning the implementation of national prevention mechanisms, as envisaged by the Optional Protocol to the Convention against torture, as well as on the possible national responses and their interaction with the existing national institutions.

As of today, only 17 of the 47 Council of Europe Member States have ratified the Optional Protocol, and 7 out of these countries set up a national mechanism.

Related documents

Photos of the colloquy
Conclusions by Thomas Hammarberg (vidéo, .wmv format)
Programme of the colloquy

See also

Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture