Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

The Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT), was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 18 December 2002 and it came in force since 22 June 2006.  It  provides for the establishment of “a system of regular visits undertaken by independent international and national bodies to places where people are deprived of their liberty, in order to prevent torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” to be overseen by a Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

As of December 2008, 40 countries were party to OPCAT, and another 29 countries had signed but not ratified the protocol.

Full text of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment


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