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Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of - OPCAT Situation

Updated 07.08.2017

Macedonia ratified the OPCAT in 2009 and made a declaration under Article 17 on the structure of the NPM. The Ombudsperson’s Office was designated as NPM and, although it has not been implemented in practice, formal cooperation with civil society organisations was encouraged in the declaration.

The NPM became operational in 2011 and a specific NPM department was established, with dedicated staff.

The SPT member Zdenka Perovic is the SPT Focal Point for Macedonia.

Opcat status
OPCAT Ratification February 13, 2009
UNCAT Ratification December 12, 1994
SPT Member Ms Aneta Stancevska (2011-2014; 2015-2018)
NPM Designated

Ombudsperson's Office

NPM Type

Ombuds Institution

NPM Legal Framework

Amendments to the Ombudsperson's Office law (September 2009) and OPCAT Ratification Law

Law on the Ombudsperson's Office (September 2003)

Population 2 050 000
Area (sq km) 25 333
Number of prisons 8
Prison population 2 235
Quick links

CAT: Concluding Observations (May 2008)

UPR: Report of the Working Group (May 2009)

CPT: Visit report (October 2014) and latest visit in December 2016 (News Flash)

Commissioner for Human Rights (Council of Europe): Report (2008)