IRCT [to 12 July 2014]

IRCT [to 12 July 2014]

News
NPM marks important milestone in the fight against torture in Peru
10-07-2014
Excerpt
The IRCT commends the Peruvian Congress for the establishment of a National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) to prevent torture in the country.
In the past, the UN Human Rights Committee, the Committee against Torture and the Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council expressed concern about the crisis in Peru’s criminal justice and penitentiary system. Concerns included lack of medical personnel, abuse of pre-trial detention, reports of torture and ill-treatment and overcrowding that, according to the National Penitentiary Institute, was above 100% in 2012. All these international bodies identified the NPM establishment as an essential step to improve this situation.
The IRCT applauds the commitment of the Peruvian State to promote the legislation that now establishes this key mechanism for the prevention of torture.
Now, the state must provide the Ombudsman Office (OO) with the necessary financial and human resources to implement the NPM effectively and independently. In this regard, it is essential that the views and expertise of torture rehabilitation organisations like Centro de Atención Psicosocial (CAPS), an IRCT member, are included to ensure that the NPM can adequately document torture and assess the availability and quality of rehabilitation services for torture victims in detention…

IRCT in Brussels
EU network of NGOs calls for greater human rights transparency
07-07-2014
Excerpt
On the second anniversary of the EU Strategic Framework and Action Plan, the pan-European Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN) has stressed the need for greater human rights protection in the EU to stop what it calls “the habit of dealing with human rights behind closed doors”.
The HRDN – an informal grouping of 42 non-government organisations (NGOs), including the IRCT, who work within the European human rights field – states that despite some progress over the last two years the EU is “punching below its weight and losing the collective energy that existed in the run up to the adoption of the human rights and democracy package.”
:: HRDN statement to mark 2 year anniversary of the EU strategic Framework and Action Plan (full statement)