OHCHR Special Fund of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture

2017 Call for Applications
Sector: 
Last date: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Country: 
Argentina
Brazil
Germany
Honduras
Italy
Malta
Mexico
New Zealand
Senegal
Sweden

Detailed Description

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is accepting project applications for its 2017 call for applications to the Special Fund of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture.

In 2017, the OPCAT Special Fund will accept project applications
aimed at implementing recommendations made by the Sub-Committee on
Prevention of Torture after a visit to a State party, provided these
recommendations are contained in a report that has been made public in
accordance with article 16(2) of OPCAT.

The proposed projects should aim to contribute to the implementation
of country-specific recommendations on the establishment or effective
functioning of national preventive mechanisms.

The Special Fund was established pursuant to article 26 of the
Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture. The purpose of
the Fund is to help finance the implementation of the recommendations
made by the Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture (SPT) after a
visit to a State party to the Optional Protocol as well as education
programmes of National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs). The Fund receives
voluntary contributions from governments, intergovernmental and
non-governmental organizations and other private or public entities.

The Fund is managed by the United Nations Office of the High
Commissioner for Human Rights in conformity with the United Nations
Financial Rules and Regulations and the relevant policies and procedures
promulgated by the Secretary-General. The United Nations High
Commissioner for Human Rights is advised by the Working Group of the
Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture, representing the SPT through
the OHCHR Grants Committee.

Funding Information: The maximum amount of a grant is US$ 25,000.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications may be submitted by:

  • State parties having been visited by the SPT in the
    context of a regular visit following which the State party has agreed
    to the publication of the SPT visit report, and NPMs of these State
    parties;
  • State parties or NPMs which, having been visited by
    the SPT in the context of an NPM Advisory Visit, have agreed to the
    publication of the subsequent SPT report addressed to them;
  • National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) that are
    compliant with the Paris Principles and if the proposed projects are
    implemented in cooperation with the entity responsible for implementing
    the recommendations made by the SPT in the published visit report, be it
    the State party or the NPM.
  • Non-governmental organizations if the proposed
    projects are implemented in cooperation with the entity responsible for
    implementing the recommendations made by the SPT in the published visit
    report, be it the State party or the NPM.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can download the application forms via given website.

Eligible Countries

  • State parties having published their reports following a regular SPT visit: Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Gabon. Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Italy, Maldives, Mali, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay, Sweden, Ukraine
  • State parties having published their reports following an SPT advisory visit: Armenia, Malta, Netherlands
  • NPMs having published their reports following an SPT advisory visit: Ecuador, Honduras, Senegal
  • State parties and NPMs having published their reports following an SPT advisory visit: Germany, Republic of Moldova

For more information, please visit OHCHR Special Fund.

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/OPCAT/Fund/Pages/Applications.aspx

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