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Morocco - OPCAT Situation

Updated 25.03.2015

Discussions related to OPCAT ratification and implementation have been ongoing for several years in Morocco. In May 2013, the upper Chamber of the National Assembly adopted the OPCAT ratification law, following a similar vote in the lower Chamber in February 2013. The internal process of ratification has been completed with the publication of the Royal decree  on the adoption of the law n°124-12 concerning the ratification of the OPCAT in the Official Gazette.

Morocco deposited the instrument of ratification of the OPCAT with the United Nations in New York in November 2014 and has until 24 December 2015 to designate its NPM (Article 17, OPCAT).

The SPT member Radhia Nasraoui is the SPT Focal Point for Morocco.

Opcat status
OPCAT Ratification November 24, 2014
UNCAT Ratification June 21, 1993
SPT Member Abdellah Ounnir (2017-2020)
NPM Designated

Under consideration

Population 32 987 206
Area (sq km) 446 550
Number of prisons 73
Prison population 72 816
Quick links

UPR: Report of the Working Group (July 2012)

CAT: Concluding Observations (November 2011)