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The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture$
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Rachel Murray, Elina Steinerte, Malcolm Evans, and Antenor Hallo de Wolf

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199602193

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602193.001.0001

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The Text of OPCAT

The Text of OPCAT

(p.39) 3 The Text of OPCAT
The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture

Rachel Murray

Elina Steinerte

Malcolm Evans

Antenor Hallo de Wolf

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines the content of the final text of OPCAT. It completes the historical narrative on the background to the drafting of the text. It then briefly explains the resulting remit of the international Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) and the role of national preventive mechanisms (NPMs). The chapter also looks at some underlying issues which are key to an understanding of how OPCAT has since developed. These include the issue of standards and the concept of prevention.

Keywords:   OPCAT, Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture, national preventive mechanisms, prevention, standards

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