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30 March 2020

Activity Details (ID# 22332)  

 
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Title Workshop on ''Rights of persons deprived of their liberty : The role of national human rights structures which are OPCAT mechanisms and of those which are not'' 
Description Staff members of eligible NHRSs will discuss with peers coming from other NHRSs about the Optional Protocol of the Convention Against Torture and its provisions.
A thematic handbook in English, French and Russian will be published following the workshop and will be disseminated for the use of NHRSs and other human rights actors. 
Status Completed 
Date 09/04/2008 - 10/04/2008 
Location Padova, Italy
Countries CoE Members: Albania / Armenia / Azerbaijan / Bosnia and Herzegovina / Croatia / Georgia / Republic of Moldova / Montenegro / Russian Federation / ''the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia'' / Turkey / Ukraine
Others: Kosovo*
  Multilateral
  Joint Programme Activity - Peer project
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP Peer project - Setting up an active network of independent non-judicial Human Rights Structures in the Council of Europe member States which are not members of the European Union    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2008/DGHL/JP/1765   Assisting National Human Rights Structures (NHRSs)
Expected Result 1.2 - The staff of the National Human Rights Structures have enhanced their knowledge of European standards of human rights protection, and have extended their awareness of possibilities of action.
 PoA
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Human Rights
Line of Action ⇒ I.2 – Protecting and promoting Human Rights through the other CoE institutions and mechanisms
Programme ☆ I.2.1  Commissioner for Human Rights

Working Method

Organisation of meetings - Workshop (excl. training) 
Directorate Human Rights and Legal Affairs 
CoE Contact FREYMANN, Delphine   email
Partners University of Padua - University or Institute
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1 http://www.coe.int/t/commissioner/activities/themes/nhrspeertopeer_EN.asp?  
Last Modified 23/04/2009 


Activity Synopsis (ID# 22332) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) The Joint European Union – Council of Europe Programme “Setting up an active network of independent non judicial human rights structures”, or “Peer-to-Peer Project”, aims to empower national human rights structures (NHRSs, i.e. ombudsmen and national institutions) to help prevent and find solutions to human rights violations more effectively at domestic level. Through a series of workshops, where international legal norms are explained and participants discuss their respective experiences to implement these norms, specialised staff members of the national structures can strengthen their own human rights competences and increase their awareness of the possibilities for action at domestic level and for co-operation with international mechanisms.

The first workshop of the Peer-to-Peer project (Padua, Italy, 9-10 April) was entitled “Rights of persons deprived of their liberty : The role of national human rights structures which are OPCAT mechanisms and of those which are not”. It was organised in cooperation with the Interdepartmental Centre on Human Rights and the Rights of Peoples of the University of Padua.
 
Output/Results The relevant international instruments and mechanisms were presented (Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT), European Convention on the Prevention of Torture, European Convention on Human Rights, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture), and the questions of the coordination between all these complementary systems was raised. The institutional and functional requirements regarding the national preventive mechanism (NPM) to be set up under OPCAT were defined, insisting on the necessary independence and an adequate mandate. Through expert presentations and peer exchanges the discussions focussed on the pros and cons of the various institutional options between using an existing body or setting up a new one. What is the added value of creating a new mechanism? What are the risks when a new institution is created ? The question of coordination between NHRSs and NPMs (when the NHRS does not become OPCAT mechanism) was also raised.
Participants all agreed on the need to ensure a good cooperation between the different existing mechanisms both at the national and international levels, in order to preserve their efficiency.
 
Conclusions/Follow Up As with all P2P workshops, a debriefing paper will be issued in French, English and Russian and disseminated amongst NHRS and other relevant actors.

Another result of this workshop was the acknowledgment of the necessity to support the newly created NPMs, to unable their staff to carry prevention visits, learning from the know-how of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) and the UN Sub-Committee for the Prevention of Torture (SPT). The Office of the Commissioner has started working on a possible programme for that purpose.
 
Participants 41 participants from NHRSs from CoE member States and other institutions 
Consultants/Experts - Experts:

Renate KICKER
First Vice-President
European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT)

Patrick MAREST
National Delegate
International Observatory of Prisons

Marina NARVAEZ
UN & Legal Programme Officer
Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT)

Eric SOTTAS
Director
World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)

Paolo DE STEFANI
Professor
Interdepartmental Centre on Human Rights and the Rights of Peoples of the University of Padua

- Co organisers from the Interdepartmental Centre on Human Rights and the Rights of Peoples of the University of Padua

- Alexandre SUNGUROV, Local Project Officer in Russia, St Petersburg Strategy Centre of Humanities and Political Science
 
CoE Secretariat - Markus JAEGER, Deputy to the Director, Head of the National Human Rights Structures Unit, Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights
- Delphine FREYMANN, Project Manager, National Human Rights Structures Unit, Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights
 
Total No. Participants 54 
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23/04/2009 




 
  * All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.  
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