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Ukraine - OPCAT Situation

Updated 08.08.2017

Even though Ukraine became a State Party to the OPCAT in 2006, it decided to designate its Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights as NPM in 2012, through amending the legislation of the Parliamentary Commissioner. A specific NPM Unit has been established and has been operational since then. The NPM unit carries out its functions in collaboration with civil society.

The Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture has visited Ukraine in 2011 and the report has been made public yet. It conducted a second visit in May 2016 which was suspended and then resumed in September 2016. The report of the visit has been made public.

The SPT member Mari Amos is the SPT Focal Point for Ukraine.

Opcat status
OPCAT Ratification September 19, 2006
UNCAT Ratification February 24, 1987
NPM Designated

Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights in collaboration with an Expert Council, human rights NGOs and individual monitors (website of public monitors).

NPM Type

Ombuds Plus Institution

NPM Legal Framework

Amendments to the Law on the Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights (2 October 2012) - only available in Ukrainian

Population 46 710 816
Area (sq km) 603 700
Number of prisons 183
Prison population 150 724
Quick links

SPT: First visit (16-25 May 2011) - Visit report. Second visit (5-9 September 2016) - Visit report

CAT: Concluding Observations (August 2007)

CCPR: Concluding Observations (Advance version - July 2013)

UPR: Draft Report of the Working Group (October 2012)

Working Group on Arbitrary Detention: Report (October-November 2008)

CPT: Report (November 2016)

Commissioner for Human Rights (Council of Europe): Report (December 2006)