Austria - OPCAT Situation
Austria has signed the OPCAT in September 2003 and ratified the instrument in December 2012. Austria started to implement the OPCAT before ratifiying and they designated the Austrian Ombudsman Board as future NPM in November 2011, by means of a reform to the Ombudsman's legislation. It also foresees a role for the Human Rights Advisory Council (formerly Human Rights Advisory Board), which will need to be further defined.
The Austrian Ombudsman Board started its operations in July 2012.
The SPT member Christian Pross is the SPT Focal Point for Austria.