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Denmark - OPCAT Situation

Updated 20.07.2017

After the ratification of the OPCAT in 2004, Denmark designated the Danish Parliamentary Ombudsman as its NPM in 2007.

Two years later, the Danish NPM concluded agreements with both the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the NGO DIGNITY (formerly the Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims). The agreements aimed at initiating formal collaboration with civil society organisations in order to strengthen the Ombudsman’s monitoring activities.

The SPT member Mari Amos is the SPT Focal Point for Denmark.

Opcat status
OPCAT Ratification June 25, 2004
UNCAT Ratification May 27, 1987
NPM Designated

Danish Parliamentary Ombudsman, in collaboration with DIGNITY (NGO) and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (National Human Rights Institution)

NPM Type

Ombuds Plus Institution

NPM Legal Framework

Ombudsman Act

Population 5 450 661
Area (sq km) 43 094
Number of prisons 57
Prison population 4198
Quick links

Communication to the SPT: Official Correspondence from Denmark (16 October 2007)

UPR: Report of the Working Group (July 2011)

CAT: Concluding Observations (July 2007)

SRT: Report (May 2008)

CPT: Report (February 2014) 

Commissioner on Human Rights (Council of Europe): Report (2007)