To explore the risk factors, the situations that might lead to abuse committed against persons deprived of liberty in psychiatric institutions, as well as the means of preventing these abuses, the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) organised on 6 and 7 September 2016 the Jean-Jacques Gautier Symposium on monitoring psychiatric institutions. This meeting gathered in Geneva international experts and representatives of National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs) from all regions of the world. This Symposium is the third in a series of meetings organised by the APT to allow NPMs and other experts to exchange their knowledge and practices in relation to situations of vulnerability in detention. This document is the outcome report of the Symposium. It does not provide a detailed account of the fruitful discussions which took place over two days, but aims to emphasise the issues and challenges of monitoring deprivation of liberty in psychiatric institutions. It also presents certain points for consideration identified during the discussions on how to implement NPMs’ preventive mandate. ISBN 978-2-940597-07-9 Jean-Jacques Gautier NPM Symposium 2016 on monitoring psychiatric institutions - Outcome report Psychiatric institutions are places of deprivation of liberty, as defined in Article 4 of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OPCAT). These establishments therefore form an integral part of the mandate of the detention monitoring bodies created under the OPCAT: the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) and the National Preventive Mechanisms (NPM). • 2016 Monitoring psychiatric institutions 10 CHF 8 ¤ APT • P.O. Box 137 • 1211 Geneva 19 • Switzerland • OUTCOME REPORT

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