The UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (SPT) is an international expert body established under OPCAT with both operational functions (visiting places of detention in States Parties and making recommendations regarding the protection of detainees from ill-treatment) and advisory functions (providing assistance and training to States Parties and NPMs).

The SPT is made up of 25 independent and impartial experts from around the world, and publishes an annual report on its activities. It has not conducted an official visit to the UK since OPCAT was ratified, but it is in regular contact with the UK NPM.

The SPT has provided guidance to States party to OPCAT and NPMs to inform their efforts to implement the treaty. The UK NPM works to the SPT’s guidance and reports regularly to the SPT on its work.

For more information about the SPT and contact details, please visit here.

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