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OPCAT - Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

What is OPCAT?

The Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) is an international agreement that helps countries meet their obligations under the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT).

OPCAT aims to prevent cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment within closed environments such as prisons, immigration detention centres, police detention facilities, psychiatric wards and care facilities. 

OPCAT was adopted in 2002 and entered into force in 2006. As at 30 June 2018, there are 88 State Parties;to OPCAT and an additional 14 States are signatories.

OPCAT - the torture prevention treaty is a short video created by the Association for the Prevention of Torture provides a useful overview of OPCAT. 

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