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Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT)

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Further information

Treaty bodies database
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Related UN Links

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UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture
Special Rapporteur on Extra-judicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions
Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

External links

African Commission on Human and People's Rights
Amnesty International
APT OPCAT Database
Human Rights Implementation Centre of the University of Bristol
Inter-American Commission of Human Rights
Penal Reform International
Torture Reporting Book
Harm Reduction International

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Key Facts about the Call for Applications 2013

The OPCAT Special Fund will accept project applications aimed at implementing recommendations made by the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) after a visit to a State party, provided these recommendations are contained in a report that has become public by the request of the State party.

Applications may be submitted by State Parties who requested the SPT to publish their country visit reports and their National Preventive Mechanisms (NPM).

In addition, applications may be submitted by National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI), which are compliant with the Paris Principles, and by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), in particular if the proposed projects are implemented in cooperation with State Parties and/or NPMs.

Applicants may request grants of up to 50,000 USD for project applications which are to be implemented between 1 January and 31 December 2013.

For 2013, thematic priorities per country have been identified (see Guidelines for Applications 2013). However, projects addressing any other specific recommendation made in a visit report, which focuses on a pressing and compelling need, may also be considered.

The Call for Applications 2013 will close on 15 October 2012 at 24:00 CET.

All applications must be submitted in English, French or Spanish.

The final number of grants awarded will depend on the proposed budgets of selected project applications, as well as the financial resources of the Fund.

If you are interested in learning more about the Call for Applications 2013, please click here in E, F and S to be directed to the Guidelines for Applications to the Special Fund of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture 2013.

If you would like to apply for the Call for Applications 2013, please click here in E, F and S to be directed to the Application page.

Should you have further questions, please feel free to contact the Fund Manager at opcatfund@ohchr.org.

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