Prevention of torture and ill-treatment
Special Report 2015
(Article 23 of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other
Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment of the General Assembly
of the United Nations)
LEGAL FRAMEWORK AND OPERATION OF THE NATIONAL PREVENTIVE MECHANISM (NPM)
WORKSHOPS, INTERNATIONAL PRESENCE AND OTHER ACTIVITIES OF THE NPM
REALITY OF THE PENITENTIARY SYSTEM - INSPECTION OF DETENTION FACILITIES
Legislative developments and challenges
Roural Prisons for Adults
Detention of minors – Special Detention Facility for Juveniles of Corinth
General Detention Facilities
Specific issues of a penitentiary interest

ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTION OF THIRD-COUNTRY NATIONALS
Places of Detention of Third-country Nationals

PSYCHIATRIC COMMITMENT
Visits - On-site inspections

INSTITUTIONS

This Report reflects the activities of the Greek Ombudsman in 2015, as the National Torture Preventive Mechanism, in
accordance with its special competence under Article 2, Law 4228/2014.

LEGAL FRAMEWORK AND OPERATION OF THE NATIONAL PREVENTIVE MECHANISM
(NPM)
The Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) is an international convention on human rights, which was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2002.
The common denominator was the consensus and the common understanding of the member states of the international
community, that the efforts against the ill-treatment of persons who are deprived of their liberty, and are therefore in an especially
vulnerable position, should focus on prevention. Greece ratified this Optional Protocol with Law 4228/2014, transposing this
Convention into national law with increased formal power. Article 2 of the above-mentioned law nominated the Ombudsman as
the “National Preventive Mechanism against Torture".

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