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OPCAT Text
This is the Text of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment in accordance with a Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on the Fifty-seventh session [on the report of the Third Committee (A/57/556/Add.1)] It was adopted on December 18, 2002 and came into force on June 22, 2006. To date 56 states have signed the Protocol, while 32 have ratified or acceded to it.
UN CAT Text
This is the text of the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UN CAT) which was adopted on December 10, 1984 and entered into force on June 26, 1987. The UNCAT is the only legally binding treaty at international level concerned exclusively with the eradication of torture.
1st Meeting of Subcommittee
Address to the First Session of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment on February 19, 2007, by Louise Arbour, High Commissioner for Human Rights
Opening Statement to OPCAT
Address on behalf of Louise Arbour, High Commissioner for Human Rights, to the First Meeting of the States Parties to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) on December 18, 2006
Lessons on OPCAT
AHRC's Human Rights Correspondence School Lessons on the Optional Protocol to CAT.
Investigating and Documenting Torture
This is an article prepared by IRCT regarding the investigation and documentation of torture for both health and legal professionals.
NPM Guide
This is a guide to establishing and designing National Prevention Mechanisms (NPMs) prepared by the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), Geneva.
Status of Ratification
This is a list of states that have signed and ratified or acceeded to the Optional Protocol to the Convetion Against Torture. (Last updated on July 5, 2007)[Courtesy: APT]
Subcommittee's Visiting Schedule 2007/2008
Press Release of the Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (SPT) subsequent to its 2nd session annoucing its visiting programme for 2007/2008.
Historic Joint Meeting Between SPT & CAT
Press Release subsequent to the first meetings between the Subcommittee and the Committee Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment / Punishment -- November 2007
Third Meeting of Subcommittee
Press Release of the Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (SPT) after its 3rd Session, 19-23, November 2007.
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