Dr. Rachlew is the new Norwegian representative to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture
NCHR guest researcher and Police Superintendent Dr. Rachlew becomes the first active police officer to serve as a representative to Europe's torture prevention committee.
From left: Dr. Asbjørn Rachlew, Professor Georg Høyer (UiT), Knut D. Asplund (NCHR), and Johannes Flisnes Nilsen (NPM). Photo: UiO
Professor Georg Høyer (UiT) passed the baton to Dr. Asbjørn Rachlew as the new Norwegian representative to The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) during an informal lunch seminar at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights in February.
8. December 2021, taking over from Professor Høyer who has served the committee for three periods of four years each.
Discussing torture-prevention in Europe
Professor Høyer and Dr. Rachlew discussed challenges in the work with torture prevention in Europe based on experiences from CPT, together with Johannes Flisnes Nilsen from the National Preventive Mechanism at the Civil Ombudsman who shared experiences with CPT's area of work from their perspective, and how the preventive mechanism uses CPT standards and the European Court of Human Rights' decisions in their work.
NCHR police cooperation
Dr. Rachlew, who has been a key person in the development of investigative methods within the Norwegian police force, has with this appointment been recognized for the important work he has been conducting for decades.
NCHR cooperates closely with the Norwegian Police University College and the Norwegian Police in teaching, research and dissemination work on the investigation and interviewing methodology investigative interviewing. Dr. Rachlew and other colleagues from the Norwegian Police are central in NCHR’s work and stimulate colleague-to-colleague encounters around the world.