Strasbourg, 24 November 2016 – “National preventive mechanisms are the main treasure and the essence of the system established by the OPCAT”, said Mykola Gnatovskyy, President of the CPT, during the conference marking the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of OPCAT held in Geneva on 17 November 2016.
During his address to the participants, Mr Gnatovskyy congratulated the SPT colleagues, as well as the colleagues from the various national preventive mechanisms present, and expressed his deep appreciation for their work. He also stressed the importance of synergies between preventive bodies on all levels, and, as regards Europe, encouraged the SPT to focus on strengthening the national preventive mechanisms.
 Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment of the United Nations
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