Developing implementation and training tools on the UNCAT

The HRIC is working in partnership with the 'Convention against Torture Initiative' (CTI) to develop a series of practical tools, to provide support to State implementation of the 'UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment' (UNCAT).

Human Rights at Sea

HRIC is now working in partnership with 'Human Rights at Sea', an independent maritime human rights charity, to further develop the scope of 'human rights at sea' throughout the martitime environment.

ESRC Human Rights Law Implementation Project (HRLIP)

As part of its ongoing work on implementation, the HRIC is currently undertaking an ambitious three-year project in partnership with the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex; the School of Law at Middlesex University; and the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria. The Open Society Justice Initiative, part of the Open Society Foundation, also serves as a partner organisation for the research.

This project aims to track selected decisions by UN Treaty Monitoring Bodies and the regional human rights bodies against nine countries in Europe, Africa and the Americas to see the extent to which States have complied with them and why. In so doing it will provide some of the broader answers to why States comply, as well as providing insights which can be used by pro-compliance actors. The project commenced in September 2015 and will run until September 2018.

The Implementation of the OPCAT in Nigeria

The HRIC’s initial project on the implementation of the OPCAT in Nigeria ran between 2014-16 and was funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The overall aim of this project was to provide policy, legal and technical advice to support national and international efforts to strengthen the functioning of the NPM in Nigeria and bring its mandate into conformity with the OPCAT.

The Implementation of the OPCAT in Rwanda

The HRIC, together with its partners under the Article 5 Initiative, have been working on a project to assist with the implementation of the OPCAT in Rwanda. Work on this started under the original Article 5 Initiative project and since 2014 continued with the financial support of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Under this project the HRIC and its Article 5 Initiative partners are working with the Rwandan National Commission on Human Rights, the Ministry of Justice, civil society organisations in Rwanda and the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) to assist national efforts to designate a National Preventive Mechanism in conformity with the OPCAT.

EU NPM Recommendations Project

The HRIC has worked in partnership with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) on a project to help strengthen the implementation and follow-up of recommendations of torture prevention bodies within the European Union. This project was funded by the European Union through the European Commission Directorate General for Justice.  The project ran from March 2014 to April 2015.

The Implementation of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OPCAT) Project

AHRC funded a three-year research project which examined the implementation of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture. It looked at how states choose these national institutions, what factors play a role in determining how effectively they operate in visiting places of detention, and what relationship they have with the Sub-Committee.

Article 5 Initiative

The Centre is a partner on the Article 5 Initiative, which aims to support African institutions to improve domestic compliance with international law obligations, norms and procedures under the United Nations Convention against Torture (UNCAT) and the African Charter on Human and People's Rights. The Article 5 Initiative focuses on six post-conflict African countries, namely Burundi, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa and Uganda.

Implementation of Human Rights Standards project

As part of its overarching work to better understanding the factors and actors that may influence  implementation of human rights the Centre held a four-year grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) between October 2008-2012. ‘The ‘Implementation of Human Rights Standards’ project  looked at the use of non-binding, so called 'soft law' instruments by national, regional and international actors.

Addressing excessive and misuse of Pre-trial detention

Since 2009 the HRIC has worked in partnership with the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) on a number of projects designed to build the knowledge and thinking around issues of pre-trial detention and torture.  This body of work has sought to highlight the link between the excessive and misuse of pre-trial detention and torture and other ill-treatment such as poor conditions of detention.

The Role of National Human Rights Institutions in Providing Access to Justice
This project examines the roles that National Human Rights Institutions in Europe do and should play in dispute resolution.

Ireland OPCAT project

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) commissioned the HRIC to produce a report outlining the options for an NPM for Ireland.

Ireland and the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture (PDF, 1,104kB)

For further information please contact Professor Rachel Murray.