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Panama - OPCAT Situation

Updated 08.08.2017

Panama ratified the OPCAT in 2011.  It designated its Ombuds Institution as NPM in 2017 through a specific legislation. The NPM is not operational yet.

The SPT will carry out a visit to Panama in August 2017.

The SPT member Lorena González Pinto is the SPT Focal Point for Panama.

Opcat status
OPCAT Ratification June 2, 2011
UNCAT Ratification August 24, 1987
NPM Designated

Ombuds Institution

NPM Type

Ombuds Institution

NPM Legal Framework

NPM Law N°6 of 22 February 2017 (Spanish version)

Population 3 705 246
Area (sq km) 75 420
Number of prisons 24
Prison population 17 197
Quick links

UPR: Report of the Working Group (July 2015)

CCPR: Concluding Observations (April 2008)