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Ukrainian lawyer Mykola Gnatowskyy elected Chairman of European Committee of Torture Prevention
09 March 2015 09:47

On March 6 the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishement (CPT) elected Mykola Gnatovskyy, Professor of International Law of the Kyiv Institute of International Relations of Kyiv Taras Shevchenko University, as its Chairman. The Ukrainian lawyer is a member of the Committee since 2009, from March 2013 he was Deputy Chairman of the CPT.

The election of Mykola Gnatovskyy as the Chairman of the CPT is not only the recognition of his significant contribution to the activity of this conventional mechanism, but also evidence of a high level of scientific development of international law in Ukraine in general.

High professional and human qualities of the Ukrainian scientist will certainly contribute to the rise of authority of the Committee, establishment its effective cooperation with the Member States of the Council of Europe in the prevention and fight against tortures and inhuman treatment.

Note: Mykola Gnatovskyy, Doctor of Law, Associate Professor; Education: National Taras Shevchenko University, Kyiv Institute of International Relations, 1999. The thesis he defended in 2002 was into the theory of international law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, settlement of international disputes, the European law.

The full name of the European Committee against Torture (the CPT) - "The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment". This body works as the control mechanism of the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CETS No .: 126), which establishes a non-judicial means of a preventive nature to protect the rights of detainees and / or prisoners. The main mechanism, introduced by the Convention and used by the Committee consists of visits to States Parties to the contractual and legal instrument of the Council of Europe. During the inspection visits the CPT delegations, which are composed of independent non-governmental experts with significant experience in the fields of law, medicine, law enforcement, check the human rights of individuals deprived of their liberty. On the results of the visits reports on the situation in preventing and combating torture and ill-treatment in penitentiaries are prepared and published in accordance with established procedures. The CPT members are elected by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe for four years. Foundations for functioning of the CPT are the principles of cooperation and confidentiality.

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