Since the State of Palestine acceded to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) in 2017, Palestinian human rights groups and civil society organizations have followed up on the establishment of the National Preventive Mechanism against Torture (NPM). Over four years, these actors have engaged in dialogue with the official government taskforce on the implementation of the State of Palestine’s obligations under the OPCAT, namely, to establish a NPM. Many papers and proposals were submitted. These have culminated in a draft NPM law on the establishment of a NPM in consistence with the OPCAT and Guidelines on NPMs. The draft law ensures that the NPM will be impartial, independent of the Executive branch of government, and autonomous both financially and institutionally. In addition to providing needed financial resources, NPM members will enjoy personal independence.

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