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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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OPCAT within the Broader UN and Regional Systems

OPCAT within the Broader UN and Regional Systems

(p.139) 7 OPCAT within the Broader UN and Regional Systems
The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture

Rachel Murray

Elina Steinerte

Malcolm Evans

Antenor Hallo de Wolf

Oxford University Press

This chapter recognises that OPCAT does not exist in isolation but examines the other systems for prevention of torture that are in place at the UN and regional levels. It looks at the overlap between UN special procedures such as the Special Rapporteur on Torture, as well as the reference made by UN treaty bodies to OPCAT. The relationship bewteen the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) and the Committee Against Torture is also considered. It also looks at what is available at the regional level, in the Americas, Africa and Europe. It stresses the need for the SPT and national preventive mechanisms to see themselves as part of a wider system.

Keywords:   OPCAT, UN, Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture, Americas, Africa, Europe, Special Rapporteur on Torture, Committee Against Torture, national preventive mechanisms

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