European network to improve monitoring of criminal detention

Representatives of National Preventive Mechanisms from across Europe will meet in Strasbourg from 4 to 5 April.

Required under the optional protocol to UN’s torture convention, National Preventive Mechanisms are required to monitor criminal detention. The meeting kicks off the creation of an EU-specific network of NPMs, within a wider pre-existing network from across Europe. The Council of Europe is taking this initiative together with the European Commission to improve EU cross-border justice. The Vienna-based Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights and the Agency are contributing to the process.