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The European NPM Project has the aim to create an active network of the NPMs in Europe to foster peer exchange and provide a forum for cooperation between this network and international actors, such as the United Nations Sub-Committee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) and the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT).
The ultimate guiding principle is to strengthen the prevention of torture at national level in all Council of Europe member States. The project focuses on four main areas of activities:
The European NPM Project will be managed by the NHRS Unit of DG-HL of the CoE. The Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), a non-governmental organisation with longstanding, universal experience in torture prevention, has agreed to be the implementing partner for the Project. Ms. Silvia Casale from the UK, who combines personal experience as former President of both the CPT and the SPT, has agreed to serve as Project Advisor.
The Project is supported and jointly funded by the Council of Europe and the European Union. A number of Project’s events and publications are organised and produced in co-operation with the Human Rights Centre of the University of Padua.