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Mozambique - OPCAT Situation

Updated 07.08.2017

In May 2013, the government of Mozambique approved a resolution on OPCAT ratification and designation of its newly established Human Rights Commission as the NPM. On 1 July 2014, Mozambique officially deposited the instrument of accession to the OPCAT with the United Nations Secretary-General.

The SPT visited Mozambique in September 2016. The visit report has not been made public yet.

The SPT member Hans-Jörg Viktor Bannwart is the SPT Focal Point for Mozambique.


Opcat status
OPCAT Ratification July 1, 2014
UNCAT Ratification September 14, 1999
NPM Designated

National Human Rights Commission (Comissão dos Direitos Humanos)

NPM Type

National Human Rights Commission

NPM Legal Framework

Government Resolution N° 23/2013 (3 May 2013) ratifying the OPCAT and designating the National Human Rights Commission as NPM

Law N° 33/2009 establishing the National Human Rights Commission (22 December 2009)

Population 25 303 113
Area (sq km) 799 380
Number of prisons 184
Prison population 15 663
Quick links

SPT: Visit (5-9 September) - Press release

CAT: Concluding observations (December 2013)

CCPR: Concluding observations (November 2013)

UPR: Report of the Working Group (March 2011)

African Commission on Human and People’s Rights: Initial and combined periodic reports (1999-2010)