The Catalan Ombudsman explains in an European Seminar his work as the Catalan Mechanism on Prevention of Torture


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Catalan Ombudsman, Rafael Ribó, and other members of his office took part in Warsaw in the European Seminar on the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) and Ombudsman. The Catalan Ombudsman’s delegation  explained its experience as the Catalan Mechanism on Prevention of Torture.

The Catalan Ombudsman’s Act grants the Catalan Ombudsman the status of Catalan authority for the prevention of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, under the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations and ratified by Spain. The Catalan Authority’s task appears in an annual report addressed to the Parliament.

This Seminar, organized by IOI-Europe (European Chapter of the International Ombudsman Institute) jointly with  the Polish Ombudsman (Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Poland) was held on September 13th and 14th in Warsaw and chaired by Rafael Ribó, IOI-Europe President and Director.