Austria - OPCAT Situation
Austria ratified the OPCAT in December 2012.
Austria started to implement the OPCAT before ratifying. The Austrian Ombudsman Board was officially designated as NPM in January 2012, by means of a Federal Law (OPCAT Implementation Act), which includes a reform to the legislation of the Ombuds Institution. The Austrian Ombudsman Board assumed the NPM duties jointly with six regional monitoring Commissions. A Human Rights Advisory Council was also created to advise the overall NPM.
The Austrian NPM started its operations in July 2012.
December 4, 2012
July 29, 1987
8 711 770
Area (sq km)
Number of prisons
Austria is divided into 9 states
Communication to the SPT: Official correspondence from the State (22 August 2013)
CAT: Concluding Observations (December 2015)
UPR: Report of the Working Group (December 2015)
CPT: Visit report (September-October 2014)
Commissioner for Human Rights (Council of Europe): Report (2012)