On 22 June 2016, it was ten years since the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) entered into force. A total of 81 states have endorsed the agreement to date, and significant efforts have been made to prevent torture and inhuman treatment in institutions where people are deprived of their liberty.
Read the report's summary and recommendations in English here.
The rental of places for Norwegian inmates in a Dutch prison in 2015 raised a number of issues concerning the safeguarding of the inmates and their rights as well as Norway’s commitment to preventing, prohibiting and punishing torture and ill-treatment of people subject to Norwegian jurisdiction.
The treatment of people who are deprived of their liberty can create particular challenges for doctors and other health personnel. This article discusses medical ethics, dual loyalty and the vulnerable doctor-patient relationship during deprivation of liberty.
People who are deprived of their liberty are entitled to participate in meaningful activities such as work, education, recreational pursuits, physical activity and social interaction. At the same time, they have far less control over their own day-to-day lives. Closed institutions therefore have an important responsibility to ensure that people deprived of their liberty are offered a satisfactory activity programme.
All of the sectors that were visited in 2015 had the right to use coercive measures. However, the use of such measures is subject to strict conditions. In the course of 2015, the NPM identified several challenges found across sectors, and some that were specific to particular types of institutions.
The Parliamentary Ombudsman's second annual report as Norway's national preventive mechanism under OPCAT was published on 29 March, 2016.
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) had torture prevention on its agenda during a meeting in the Human Dimension Committee on 1 March in Vienna. Helga Fastrup Ervik was among the participants and she shared experiences from the Norwegian NPM's work.
Read the report from the NPM's visit here.
In January and February, three new staff members joined the National Preventive Mechanism. They have different vocational backgrounds and contribute new, valuable expertise to the preventive work.