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Ukraine - OPCAT Situation

Updated 18.04.2016

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 not been made public yet.

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 Visit: 16-25 May 2011 (See press release) - the report has not been made public yet.

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 (September2014) and last visit in November 2016 (News Flash)

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