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Uruguay - OPCAT Situation

Updated 10.08.2017

Uruguay ratified the OPCAT in 2005. In December 2008, it established a new National Human Rights Institution which was granted also with the NPM mandate.Although the legislation entered into force in 2009, it was amended in 2011 and it is only in 2012 that the Members of the Board of the NHRI were appointed and started to work.

The Institution started to carry out some NPM activities in May 2013 but the NPM, established as a specialised unit within the National Human Rights Institution, started its operations only in December 2013.

The SPT member Maria Dolores Gómez is the SPT Focal Point for Uruguay.

Opcat status
OPCAT Ratification December 8, 2005
UNCAT Ratification October 24, 1986
SPT Member Mr Roberto Michel Fehér Pérez (2015-2018)
NPM Designated

National Human Rights Institution and Ombuds Institution (Institución Nacional de Derechos Humanos y Defensoría del Pueblo)

 

NPM Type

National Human Rights Commission

NPM Legal Framework

National Human Rights Institution Law, N° 18.446 of 24 December 2008 (Spanish version). Amendments to NHRI Law (Law N° 18.806 of 14 September 2011).

NPM Implementing Agreement of 6 December 2013 (Spanish version).

Information
Population 3 332 972
Area (sq km) 176 215
Number of prisons 29
Prison population 9 599
Quick links

Communication to the SPT: Official Correspondence from Uruguay (2 August 2010)

CAT: Concluding observations (June 2014)

UPR: Report of the Working Group (April 2014)

CCPR: Concluding Observations (December 2013)

SRT: Visit Report (December 2009) and follow-up visit report (February 2013)