Study on the protection in the preventive mandate of the INPT-National Instance for the Prevention of Torture

9 October 2023
DIGNITY is an independent human rights and development organization. Their vision is a world free of torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment.

This mission was mandated by Dignity and is part of the “Trust” project.

The project aims to support Independent Public Institutions (IPIs) as new and important players in the national accountability system. This study has been produced in preparation for efforts to consult public actors and civil society activists on the protection of victims and witnesses of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. Its general objectives are: to create an inclusive understanding of the role of the authorities in the protection of victims and witnesses; to identify the key players involved throughout the cycle through which the victim/witness passes and who provide protection services; to identify the actions and tools that the authorities consider to be priorities and which will be translated into activities under the TRUST project during its second year.

More specifically, this study aims to answer the following questions:

– How does INPT practice or take into consideration victim and witness protection as part of its preventive mandate and its mission to monitor places of deprivation of liberty?

– What are the challenges and limitations of the legislative framework relating to this mandate and mission?

– What recommendations could INPT make to improve its intervention?