Philippines ratifies key UN anti-torture protocol06-03-2012
The IRCT today warmly welcomes the move by the Senate of the Philippines for ratifying the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture.
The aim of the Optional Protocol (OPCAT) establish a system of regular visits undertaken by independent international and national bodies to places where people are deprived of their liberty, in order to prevent torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
The ratification, passed today by a unanimous resolution of the Philippines’ Senate, is in no small part thanks to civil society organisations in the Philippines, including IRCT member centres Medical Action Group and BALAY, who have campaigned for OPCAT ratification since 2006. The organisations, alongside their partners in the campaign, will now focus their efforts on ensuring the realisation of OPCAT through the establishment of a National Preventative Mechanism for the prevention of torture at the national level, as stipulated by the Protocol.