Costa Rica - OPCAT Situation
We are currently compiling OPCAT-related information on Costa Rica. Further detailed analysis will be available soon.
Costa Rica ratified the OPCAT in 2005 and designated its Ombudsperson's Office (Defensoria de los Habitantes) as NPM in 2007. A NPM legislation is currently being discussed at the Parliament.
The Ombudsperson's Office established a separate NPM Unit, currently composed of one Director and two staff. They conduct frequent visits to places of detention in Costa, although they face practical challenges, in particular a lack of human, financial and logistical resources.
The SPT member Judith Salgado is the SPT Focal Point for Costa Rica.