Ambassador Eberhard Pohl of Germany, the Chairperson of the OSCE Permanent Council, addressing participants at the meeting.

First annual meeting of NPMs in the OSCE region

A gathering for national preventive mechanisms in the OSCE region was organized on 13 and 14 October 2016 in Vienna. The meeting is a result of OSCE's reinforced effort to prevent torture in region.

The meeting was organized by the OSCE’s office of democratic institusions and human rights (ODHIR) and the Association for the prevention of torture (APT). 32 representatives from national preventive mechanisms in the OSCE region participated as well as representatives from the European Committee for Prevention of Torture and the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture.

The meeting aimed to take stock of achievements and challenges in the region, 10 years after the entry into force of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OPCAT). There was also ample opportunity for the representatives of the NPMs to exchange experiences and best practices with each other.

During the two days participants discussed questions related to preventive monitoring of detention in the criminal justice system and in places such as psychiatric institutions and social care homes, including the role of monitors in bridging the gap between detention standards and practice.

Read about the meeting on the OSCE website.