Torture experts prepare for first Niger visit

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Progress on human rights in Niger is set for international scrutiny as UN-appointed experts tasked with the prevention of torture in all its forms prepares to make their first visit before the end of the month.

Daniel Johnson reports from Geneva.

One of the specific aims of the visit by the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) is to assess how much independent monitoring of detainees the State has put in place.

Niger took steps to do this in 2014 when it ratified what's known as the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT).

But it has yet to establish a national detention monitoring body.

Countries which have put their names to the international treaty are required to give independent access to all places of detention, including prisons, juvenile detention centres, immigration detention facilities and psychiatric facilities.

Niger is one of 83 countries to have put their names to the global accord.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations, Geneva.

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