The conversation leaders will focus on this discussion topic on Monday and Tuesday.
What is understood by “sanctions”? (information used from the APT website)
The term of “reprisals” is frequently used to describe punishment practices inflicted by guards or detaining authorities against detainees who have reported to independent monitors. However, “reprisal” being defined as an act of revenge or retaliation, is neither exact nor precise, since the effects suffered by individuals subjected to torture and other ill-treatment do not result from committing an “offence” supposedly justifying a revenge or a punishment. Therefore, the APT prefers to use a more generic but also more adequate term, “sanction”, which is also the wording used in articles 15 and 21 of the OPCAT, describing any punishment resulting from mere contact with an independent monitor.
To help start the conversation and keep the focus of this discussion thread, please consider and respond to the following questions:
- How have you tried to mitigate the risks of sanctions/reprisals following prison/detention monitoring visits?
- What worked well? What didn’t work well?
- What lessons have you learned? What challenges have you faced?
- What resources have you found helpful related to this topic?
Share your experiences, thoughts, ideas and questions by adding a comment below or replying to existing comments!
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