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Study on enhancing the impact of National Preventive Mechanisms

Enhancing impact of national preventive Mechanisms

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in cooperation with the Human Rights Implementation Centre (HRIC) at the University of Bristol has conducted a large-scale research project, financed by the EU and co-financed by the Council of Europe and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, analysing the follow-up procedures of all National Preventive Mechanisms (NPM) in the EU. The research has revealed numerous good practices, yet also a lack of a strategic approach as well as weak coordination and cooperation with international mechanisms and institutions, notably the EU. The study provides the first collection of good practices of NPMs for the follow-up process and proposes ‘building blocks’ for the development of a follow-up strategy that can not only be used by NPMs but by all actors in the field of torture prevention.