Greece ratifies the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture

Map for the Optional Protocol April 24, 2014 8:02 am

GCR welcomed the Greek ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. The Greek Parliament voted in favour of the relevant bill on December 17, 2013. On February 11, 2014, following the completion of the national proceedings for the accession, Greece became the 72nd State to become a Party to the Protocol.

Overall, the Protocol forms a system of regular visits by independent international and national bodies to places, where people are deprived of their liberty, so as to prevent torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. More precisely, National Prevention Mechanisms are established at a national level and a Subcommittee on Prevention at an international level. The mission of this Subcommittee entails visits to places of detention, the provision of recommendations to State Parties and the technical and advisory support of the newly-founded National Prevention Mechanisms.

In Greece, the Ombudsman was selected as the National Prevention Mechanism and is now invested with the prevention of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

For more details, please redirect to the official link of the Parliament, where you can find the relevant Bill 4228/GG Α 7/10.01.2014 and the minutes of the Parliamentary Session (available only in Greek):

http://www.hellenicparliament.gr/Nomothetiko-Ergo/Psifisthenta-Nomoschedia/?law_id=9f7135b1-0c5d-4aa4-a8e1-c38e74d38b8f

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