NPM Directory

According to Article 17 of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OPCAT), every State party must establish its National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) within one year of having ratified the instrument unless, at the time of the ratification, it enters a declaration in accordance with Article 24 postponing this deadline.

There are currently 73 States parties to OPCAT and the present NPM Directory lists all these States parties below according to the regional division adopted by the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT). However the HRIC has information only about 58 established NPMs for which individual entries can be found below.

The NPM Directory holds fundamental information about all the designated National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs) around the world thus providing its users with quick and easy access to the basic information about each NPM. It pulls together key background information on each designated NPM as well as hosts links to the published material of the individual NPMs such as their Annual Reports or SPT’s NPM advisory visit reports.

The NPM Directory is not intended to cover all aspects of each NPMs’ mandate which is done by such excellent resources as APT’s OPCAT Database or the information about the designated NPMs or annual reports available from the SPT's website or indeed the information from the specific websites of each individual NPMs to which all users are referred to for further particulars.

For further information, please contact Dr Elina Steinerte