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* UN torture prevention body to visit Sri Lanka next month
Fri, Mar 8, 2019, 09:10 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 08, Geneva: The UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture will visit Sri Lanka next month, the Office of the High commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) announced today.

The visit to Sri Lanka will take place in early April, and a media advisory announcing the precise dates, as well as further information, will be issued ahead of the visit, the OHCHR said.

The visit was decided during the Subcommittee's confidential session held in Geneva from 18 to 22 February.

In addition, in the coming months the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture will visit Argentina, the State of Palestine, Bulgaria, Cabo Verde, Ghana, Senegal and the United Kingdom.

The Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture monitors States parties' adherence to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture which to date has been ratified by 89 countries.

The Subcommittee has a mandate to visit states which have ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture, and assist those states in preventing torture and other forms of ill-treatment.

The Subcommittee communicates its observations and recommendations to states through a confidential report, which it encourages countries to make public.


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