UN OHCHR Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights [to 25 April 2015]

UN OHCHR Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights [to 25 April 2015]

Committee against Torture meets with Non-Governmental Organizations
…Claudio Grossman, Chairperson of the Committee, spoke about the great value the Committee placed on the contributions of civil society, both from the non-governmental organizations working here in Geneva and the non-governmental organizations working in countries all over the world. The contributions were essential in helping enrich the Committee’s understanding of the situation in countries and as sources of information during the interactive dialogues with States. He spoke about their role in follow-up procedures, visiting places of detention and providing alerts about potential violations of the Convention. He emphasized that the Committee took a zero tolerance approach to reprisals….
…The following non-governmental organizations took the floor in today’s meeting: World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), Amnesty International, Alkarama, International Service for Human Rights, Association for the Prevention of Torture, Association of World Citizens, FIACAT, International Disability Alliance and Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain.
The video webcasts of the public meetings of the Committee can be viewed here: http://www.treatybodywebcast.org.

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