When deprived of their liberty, some persons find themselves in a situation of particular vulnerability. Such groups include women, children, persons with disabilities, LGBTI-persons, migrants, elderly people and others. The specific needs of these persons are often neglected in places of detention, and responses are in most cases inappropriate.
Through their preventive work, National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs) can play an important role in protecting the rights of persons in situations of vulnerability against torture and other forms of ill-treatment. The Symposium series will provide a unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and practices among NPMs from all the regions of the world on the issue of vulnerabilities in detention.
In 2016, the Symposium focused on monitoring of psychiatric institutions. It was held in Geneva on 6-7 September.
The 2015 Symposium was held on 3-4 June in Geneva, and focused on the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons in detention.
The 2014 Symposium brought together some 25 representatives of NPMs and international and national experts, to examine the risks to which children are exposed when they are deprived of their liberty.
The Jean-Jacques Gautier NPM Symposium is organised by the APT, with the support of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.