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Senegal - OPCAT Situation

Updated 29.05.2016

Senegal ratified the OPCAT in October 2006 and established a new institution as NPM in 2009 through the adoption of a specific legislation: the National Observer of Places of Deprivation of Liberty. The Senegalese NPM legislation is inspired by the French law, which created the General Controller of Places of Deprivation of Liberty.

In 2011, the implementing decree of the NPM legislation was approved by the Council of Ministers and the National Observer was appointed in 2012. A Secretary General of the institution was recruited the same year and the Senegalese NPM began its operations.

The Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture carried out an NPM advisory visit to Senegal in December 2012. The report was sent in May 2013 to the authorities (still confidential) and to the NPM (made public in June 2013).

The SPT member Gnambi Garba Kodjo is the SPT Focal Point for Senegal.

Opcat status
OPCAT Ratification October 18, 2006
UNCAT Ratification August 21, 1986
NPM Type

New Specialised Institution

NPM Legal Framework

NPM law n°2009-13 (02 March 2009)

NPM implementing decree n° 2011-842 (16 June 2011)

Decree n° 2012-119 nominating Boubou Diouf Tall (19 January 2012)

Population 13 975 834
Area (sq km) 196 722
Number of prisons 37
Prison population 8 630
Quick links

SPT: NPM Advisory Visit (December 2012). Report to the NPM (July 2013). Report to the State (confidential). Response of the NPM (January 2014).

Communication to the SPT: Official correspondence from Senegal (24 February 2009)

UPR: Report of the Working Group (December 2013)

CAT: Concluding observations (January 2013)

UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention: Report (March 2010)

African Commission on Human and People’s Rights: Periodic Report (2004-2013)