Germany - OPCAT Situation
Germany ratified the OPCAT in 2008 with a Declaration under Article 24 (Part III) of the OPCAT, delaying the establishment of its National Preventive Mechanism.
After consultations with the different Länders, Germany decided to create new institutions as National Preventive Mechanisms: a Federal Agency for the Prevention of Torture (operational in 2009) and a Joint Commission for the Länder (operationlal in May 2010). Both institutions were finally merged into one institution: the National Agency for the Prevention of Torture. The National Agency is operational, although facing serious challenges in relation to human and financial resources.
The SPT will conduct a NPM advisory visit to Germany in April 2013.
The SPT member Aisha Shujune Muhammad is the SPT Focal Point for Germany.
Keywords: SPT Advisory Visits on NPMs