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The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture
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The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture

Rachel Murray, Elina Steinerte, Malcolm Evans, and Antenor Hallo de Wolf

Abstract

The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) establishes an independent international monitoring committee (SPT) which itself will visit states and places where persons are deprived of their liberty. It also requires states to set up independent national bodies to visit places of detention. This book, drawing upon events held and interviews with governments, civil society, members of UN treaty bodies, national visiting bodies and others, identifies key factors that have shaped the operation of these visiting bodies since OPCAT came into force in 2006. It looks in detail a ... More

Keywords: torture, visits, United Nations, prevention, human rights, detention, deprivation of liberty, OPCAT

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199602193
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602193.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel Murray, author
Professor of International Human Rights Law, Director of the Human Rights Implementation Centre, University of Bristol
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Elina Steinerte, author
Research Associate, Human Rights Implementation Centre, University of Bristol
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Malcolm Evans, author
Professor of International Law, University of Bristol
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