The National Preventive Mechanism Directory

The Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) is an international Human Rights treaty, with the purpose to protect persons 'deprived of their liberty against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment'.

OPCAT requires every State party to establish a 'National Preventive Mechanism' (NPM) within one year. The NPM Directory holds fundamental information about all the designated National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs) around the world, providing users with quick and easy access to the basic information about each NPM.

  • NPM Directory: Africa (PDF, 982kB)

    Including: Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Tunisia


    Yet to provide: Benin, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Rwanda, South Sudan

  • NPM Directory: Americas (PDF, 1,053kB)

    Including: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay


    Yet to provide: Belize, Panama

  • NPM Directory: Asia (PDF, 895kB)

    Including: Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, New Zealand


    Yet to provide: Lebanon, Mongolia, Nauru, Philippines

  • NPM Directory: Eastern Europe (PDF, 1,154kB)

    Including: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine,


    Yet to provide: Bosnia and Herzegovina,

  • NPM Directory: Western Europe (PDF, 1,157kB)

    Including: Austria, Cyprus, Denmark and Greenland, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom

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The NPM Directory is not intended to cover all aspects of each NPMs' mandate. For more information:


Contact us

For futher information please contact Prof. Rachel Murray

Email: Rachel.murray@bristol.ac.uk