Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture - SPTProjects and activities
- Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture
- The Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (“SPT”) is a treaty body in the United Nations human rights system. The SPT was established pursuant to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (“OPCAT”). The SPT is composed of 25 independent and impartial experts coming from different backgrounds and from various regions of the world. The SPT has two primary operational functions. First, it may undertake visits to States Parties, during the course of which it may visit any place where persons may be deprived of their liberty. Second, it has an advisory function which involves providing assistance and advice to States Parties on the establishment of National Preventive Mechanisms (“NPM”), which OPCAT requires that they establish, and also providing advice and assistance to both the NPM and the State Party regarding the working of the NPM.