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Media Alert: SAHRC to host a breakfast seminar on the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM)

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

On 28 March 2019, both houses of parliament ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT). The OPCAT establishes international and domestic mechanisms of torture prevention through a system of regular visits to places of deprivation of liberty in order to prevent torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. 

The OPCAT requires that states establish a National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) to prevent torture, other cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment or treatment. On that basis, the NPM in South Africa will be designated with the SAHRC playing a coordinating role together with other oversight bodies such as the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services (JICS) and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will on Thursday 25 April 2019, host a breakfast seminar to popularise the NPM. This seminar will present the proposed structure, mandate of the NPM and provide an opportunity to discuss the possible roles that will be performed by South Africa’s oversight institutions under OPCAT.

Details of the seminar are as follows:

Date: Thursday, 25 April 2019

Time: 08h00

Place: Murray Guest House, Brooklyn, Pretoria

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Issued by the South African Human Rights Commission

Gail Smith – Spokesperson Tel: 060 988 3792 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gushwell Brooks – Communications Co-ordinator Tel: 082 645 8573 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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