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Monitoring closed institutions


DIGNITY develops knowledge about effective methods of how to conduct independent monitoring visits to all types of places where persons are deprived of liberty and in danger of being subjected to torture.

Since 2002, DIGNITY has worked to promote independent monitoring visits since they are one of the most effective means to combat torture. They help to protect prisoners from physical and psychological abuse committed by staff or other inmates. These visits can ensure that the door to an otherwise closed world remains open. They are preventive mechanisms making prison staff and police hesitate to act violently.

DIGNITY cooperates with the Danish Ombudsman about the Danish NPM under the OPCAT. Internationally, we work closely with the UN Sub-Committee for the Prevention of Torture (SPT) and the Committee Against Torture (CAT).

TORTURE IS A DRAG ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY

Torture has been called ‘the mother of all human rights violations’. As long as a country practices or tolerates torture, people will be reluctant to speak, assemble and participate in the political life. Stopping torture is the first step towards improving human rights in general.

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