United Kingdom - OPCAT Situation
The United Kingdom has been one of the strongest supporters of the OPCAT internationally. It ratified the OPCAT in December 2003 and designated 18 existing oversight bodies as the UK’s NPM through a ministerial statement to the Parliament in March 2009. In December 2013, a further written ministerial statement was issued to correct the title of one body and add two institutions to the UK's NPM. In January 2016, another institution was appointed as member of the NPM through written ministerial statement.
The NPM is currently composed of 21 institutions.Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) acts as the coordinating body of the UK’s NPM. Each designated institution has a specific thematic mandate under the OPCAT.The government also extended the NPM mandate to the Isle of Man, a British Crown Dependency, and is looking to designate the organisations responsible as additional members of the NPM.
The SPT member Mari Amos is the SPT Focal Point for the United Kingdom.
Further information is also available on the website of the University of Bristol’s Human Rights Implementation Centre (UK NPM Database).
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