An International seminar on ‘The Relationship between Civil Society and National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs) was held on 26th June 2020, in partnership with the Irish Penal Reform Trust. The event focused on exploring how civil society should be involved in the establishment of an NPM and the relationships between established NPMs and civil society, based on international best practice and the perspective of the UK NPM.  The seminar heard from a number of international and national speakers: Professor Sir Malcolm Evans, Helga Fastrup, who is the head of the NPM for the Parliamentary Ombudsman in Norway, Dr Marie Brasholt, a Senior Medical Officer at DIGNITY in Denmark, John Wadham, the first independent chair of the UK NPM and Heydi Foster-Breslin, Commissioner at the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

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