Prevention of torture and ill-treatment – Special report 2014

Prevention of torture and ill-treatment – Special report 2014

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This is the first annual Special Report of the Greek Ombudsman, acting as the National Preventive Mechanism of Torture, according to its special competence provided in Law 4228/2014 (article 2) which ratified the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture and other cruel inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
The mission of the National Preventive Mechanism includes: visits, with or without prior notice, to places of deprivation of liberty; the investigation of the treatment of persons detained in these facilities on regular basis; the submission of respective improvement recommendations to the competent authorities, and finally the submission of proposals and comments regarding the existing legislation or draft laws.
The assignment of this special competence to the Greek Ombudsman is a positive step towards the enhancement of human rights protection in our country, but also the recognition of the validity and reliability of the independent authority.

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