The OPCAT entered into force in June 2006. Over the past decade, the OPCAT has contributed to real changes in the prevention of torture and ill-treatment worldwide.
In particular, National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs) established under the OPCAT contribute to reducing the risks of torture by conducting regular visits to places of deprivation of liberty. NPMs visit prisons, police stations, places where children are held in detention, homes for the elderly and persons with a disability, or immigration detention centres. The NPMs make recommendations that can lead to substantive changes in law and practice through the engagement of State authorities and civil society.
Consult opcat10.apt.ch to read the Stories of Change about how NPMs in 20 countries ( Austria , Brazil , Costa Rica , Croati a , Cyprus, Czech Republic , Denmark , Estonia , Franc e , Georgia, Hungary, Kyrgyzsta n, Lithuania , the Maldives , Mali, Mex ico, New Zealand , Norway , Paraguay, S enegal , Serbia , Slovenia , Sweden , Switzerland, Ukrai ne, the United Kingdom or Uruguay) made a difference in preventing torture.