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Mauritania - OPCAT Situation

Updated 07.08.2017

Mauritania ratified the OPCAT in October 2012 and in September 2015 it adopted a law establishing a new specialised institution as National Preventive Mechanism.

The 12 members of the NPM were appointed by the President in April 2016, following a selection procedure, including a public call, carried out by the Selection Commission of the National Preventive Mechanism appointed in January of the same year by Ministerial Decision N°052.

The SPT carried out a visit to Mauritania in October 2016. The report of the visit is not public yet.

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

Opcat status
OPCAT Ratification October 3, 2012
UNCAT Ratification November 17, 2004
SPT Member Haimoud Ramdan (2017-2020)
NPM Designated

National Preventive Mechanism

NPM Type

New Specialised Institution

NPM Legal Framework

Law N° 2015-034 of 30 September 2015

Population 3 596 702
Area (sq km) 1 030 700
Number of prisons 18
Prison population 1768
Quick links

Communication to the SPT: Official correspondence from Mauritania (May 2014)

SPT: Visit (24-28 October 2016) - Press release

CAT: Concluding observations (June 2013)

UPR: Report of the Working Group (January 2011)

Working Group on Arbitrary Detention: Report (November 2008)

African Commission on Human and People’s Rights: Periodic Report (1986-2001)