The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) will hold its first visit to Panama from August 20 to 26 to assess the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty, as well as guarantees for their protection against torture and mistreatment.
Among the places that the delegation will visit are prisons, police substations, psychiatric institutions, juvenile correction facilities, as well as immigrant detention facilities, the agency said today.
Likewise, the SPT experts will hold meetings with State authorities, United Nations officials and representatives of civil society.
“One of the objectives of the visit is to provide advice and assistance to the authorities in Panama regarding full compliance with their international obligations, in particular the establishment of an independent national mechanism with full capacity to supervise places of detention”, Lorena González Pinto, head of the SPT delegation, said in a statement (read more).
After the visit, the SPT will submit a confidential report to the Government of Panama with its observations and recommendations.