Human Rights in Context

Torture Prevention and the OPCAT in Canada

September 19, 2020 Season 1 Episode 6
Human Rights in Context
Torture Prevention and the OPCAT in Canada
Show Notes

With Dr Matthew Pringle.

In 2018, Matti established the Canada OPCAT Project and is now working with civil society  towards the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture to prevent abuse in care homes, prisons and other places where people are deprived of liberty in Canada.

Matti is a human rights specialist who has been active in the field for over 21 years. Matti’s deep interest in torture prevention originates in the decade or so he spent working for the Association for the Prevention of Torture in Geneva, Switzerland. During this time he worked intensively on the ratification and implementation of the OPCAT in at least a couple of dozen countries.

In the episode we discuss the OPCAT and how it can help countries prevent human rights abuse in places of detetnion. Matti explores the situation in Canada and why it has been slow to fulfil a promise to implement the treaty.

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