[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.