Bristol task force to address torture prevention in Nairobi, Kenya
Press release issued: 14 October 2010
Academics from the University of Bristol will be travelling to Nairobi, Kenya this week [18 – 19 October] to address the implementation of torture prevention standards in Africa.
Experts from the University’s Human Rights Implementation Centre (HRIC) together with its partner, the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF), are hosting a workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss the role of various institutions in the prevention of torture and other ill-treatment.
The Bristol team will bring together key individuals from the East African national human rights institutions, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the African Union and UN Committees, as well as other experts.
Debra Long, project researcher and organiser of the event, said: “National human rights institutions have a key role to play in the prevention of torture. This workshop will enable the East African institutions to discuss practical ways to address the problem and to strengthen collaborative efforts with leaders in the field of torture prevention at regional and international levels.”
Rachel Murray, Director of the Human Rights Implementation Centre and the project, added: “This workshop is an excellent opportunity to bring together high-level delegates in the region to examine how standards to prevent torture can be implemented in practice.”