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Philippines - OPCAT Situation

Updated 08.08.2017

The Philippines acceded to the OPCAT in 2012 with a declaration under Article 24 of the OPCAT, becoming the first country to postpone the implementation of Part III of the OPCAT, related to the in-country visits of the SPT.

Discussion on the designation of the NPM is ongoing since 2008. Several options are being considered, including designating the National Human Rights Commission as NPM or giving it a specific role under the OPCAT.

The SPT visited the Philippines from 25 May to 3 June 2015. The report has not been made public yet.

The SPT member Marija Definis-Gojanovic is the SPT Focal Point for the Philippines.

Opcat status
OPCAT Ratification April 17, 2012
OPCAT Ratification comment

Ratification with a declaration under Article 24 (Part III related to the SPT's mandate)

UNCAT Ratification June 18, 1986
SPT Member Ms June Caridad Pagaduan Lopez (2013-2016; 2017-2020)
NPM Designated

Under Consideration

Population 99 900 177
Area (sq km) 300 000
Number of prisons 1139
Prison population 102 267
Quick links

SPT: Visit (25 May - 3 June 2015) - Press release

CAT: Concluding Observations (May 2009)

UPR: Report of the Working Group (July 2012)