Switzerland - OPCAT Situation
Even though Switzerland signed the OPCAT in 2004, the ratification and implementation law was adopted by the Parliament five years later, following consultations with local entities on the structure of the future NPM.
Switzerland decided to establish a new body, through the means of legislation: the National Commission for the Prevention of Torture. It is composed of 12 members, who are not working full-time, and is assisted by a Secretariat.
The SPT member Wilder Tayler Souto is the SPT Focal Point for Switzerland.
September 24, 2009
December 2, 1986
Hans-Jörg Victor Bannwart (2013 - 2016)
New Specialised Institution
7 523 934
Area (sq km)
Number of prisons
Switzerland is a federal state composed of 26 cantons.
Communication to the SPT: Official Correspondence from Switzerland (9 April 2010)
CAT: Concluding Observations (May 2005)
UPR: Draft Report of the Working Group (October 2012)
CPT: Report (October 2011)
Commissioner for Human Rights (Council of Europe): Report (2004)