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Paraguay - OPCAT Situation

Updated 08.08.2017

Paraguay ratified the OPCAT in December 2005 and conducted wide consultations with national, regional and international actors interested in torture prevention. A consensus was reached at the national level to establish a new and specialised institution to perform the NPM mandate.

The law establishing the new NPM was adopted in April 2011 and the selecting committee was appointed in August 2012. The appointment of the six NPM members was finalised in December 2012 and the members started their operations early 2013.

Furthermore, Paraguay received two visits of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture: one regular visit in March 2009 and a follow-up visit in September 2010. The visit reports and the State's replies have been made public.

The SPT member Maria Margarida Pressburger is the SPT Focal Point for Paraguay.


Opcat status
OPCAT Ratification December 2, 2005
UNCAT Ratification March 12, 1990
NPM Type

New Specialised Institution

NPM Legal Framework

Law N° 4288 of 27 April 2011 (Spanish version)

Population 6 783 272
Area (sq km) 406 752
Number of prisons 15
Prison population 12 313
Quick links

SPT: Report (June 2010) and Replies from Paraguay (June 2010). Follow-up Visit Report (May 2011) and Replies from Paraguay (June 2011)

Communication to the SPT: Official Correspondence from Paraguay (28 September 2010)

UPR: Report of the Working Group (April 2016)

CCPR: Concluding Observations (April 2013)

CAT: Concluding Observations (November 2011)

IACHR: Visit of the Rapporteur on Persons Deprived of Liberty (August 2014) - Press release

SRT: Report (November 2006)