Concern growing over Brazil’s National Preventive Mechanism

Based on a presidential decree issued in June, Brazil’s multi-body national preventive mechanism will no longer be remunerated for work relating to the mechanism. This will detrimentally affect their capacity to conduct visits to places of detention, as well as their...

Iceland Ratifies the OPCAT

The ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture by Iceland brings the number of states who have ratified the treaty to 89. Following amendments to the law on the Parliamentary Ombudsman in Iceland in December 2018, aimed at bringing it into...

Border Criminologies: HMIP Detention Monitoring Methodology

As part of an ESRC IAA funded project, the ‘Border Criminologies’ research group in the University of Oxford has published a briefing paper outlining the methodology used by HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP), which inspects places of confinement in the UK, including...

Australia ratifies OPCAT

Today Australia has taken the final step necessary to ratify and implement a major international treaty that combats torture and other forms of mistreatment. OPCAT will require Australia to create a regime of independent inspections for all places of detention, as...