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Preventing Torture, Training Course for South Asia NHRIs

Online training will run from 11 July - 13 August 2011, followed by a face-to-face workshop in Kathmandu from 19-23 September 2011.

Online training will run from 11 July - 13 August 2011, followed by a face-to-face workshop in Kathmandu from 19-23 September 2011.

This innovative online training program coordinated by the APF aims to equip staff of national human rights institutions with valuable skills in monitoring places of detention and preventing torture.

The course, to be run in partnership with the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), will involve participants from the national human rights institutions of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Running from 11 July - 13 August 2011, the five-week program will explore and discuss:

  • the concept of torture prevention, including international and regional instruments on torture and other forms of ill-treatment
  • investigating allegations of torture
  • monitoring places of detention and interviewing detainees
  • cooperating with the international human rights system
  • promoting public awareness and conducting public inquiries.

The blended learning course will involve a number of set readings, online discussions and regular assignments, facilitated by experienced trainers from the APF, the APT and other leading organisations.

Course materials will draw heavily on the training manual and CD-Rom resource – Preventing Torture: An Operational Guide for National Human Rights Institutions – which has been jointly prepared by the APF, the APT and the OHCHR.

Following the online training sessions, participants will attend a week-long workshop (19-23 September 2011) in Kathmandu, Nepal, to discuss torture prevention strategies and issues in greater detail.

The workshop will be hosted by the Human Rights Commission of Nepal.

For more information, please contact apf@asiapacificforum.net

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