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Mauritania - OPCAT Situation

Updated 01.03.2017

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
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

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)