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Mauritius - OPCAT Situation

Updated 07.08.2017

Mauritius ratified the OPCAT on 21 June 2005. Following the 2007 visit of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture, the National Human Rights Commission was designated as the NPM.

In 2012, a specific NPM law was adopted, creating a specific NPM unit. Two additional bills reforming the Human Rights Commission were also adopted. The NPM unit started to be operational in June 2014.

The SPT conducted a visit to Mauritius in October 2007. The visit report has not been made public yet.

The SPT member Haimoud Ramdan is the SPT Focal Point for Mauritius.

Opcat status
OPCAT Ratification June 21, 2005
UNCAT Ratification December 9, 1992
SPT Member Satyabhooshun Gupt Domah (2017-2020)
NPM Type

National Human Rights Commission

NPM Legal Framework

NPM Act (No. 21 of 3 August 2012)

Law on the Human Rights Commission (The Protection of Human Rights Act 19/1998 of February 1999)

Population 1 339 827
Area (sq km) 2040
Number of prisons 10
Prison population 2 123
Quick links

SPT: Visit (October 2007) - Press release

Communication to the SPT: Official correspondence from Mauritius (20 May 2010)

UPR: Report of the Working Group (December 2013)

CAT: Concluding Observations (June 2011)