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Honduras - OPCAT Situation

Updated 31.07.2017

Honduras ratified the OPCAT in 2006. This ratification, together with Bolivia’s on the same day, led to the OPCAT’s entry-into-force on 22 June 2006.

After consultations with relevant actors, in 2008 Honduras finally adopted a law creating a new specialized institution as National Preventive Mechanism, the National Committee for the Prevention Against Torture (CONAPREV), operational since 2010. An amendment to the NPM law was passed by the National Congress to ensure its independence and adequate resources in May 2014.

The SPT conducted a country visit to Honduras in September 2009 and an NPM advisory visit in April-May 2012. Both reports have been made public.

The SPT member Lorena González Pinto is the SPT focal point for Honduras.

Opcat status
OPCAT Ratification May 23, 2006
UNCAT Ratification December 5, 1996
NPM Type

New Specialised Institution

NPM Legal Framework

NPM Law N° 136-2008 (5 December 2008) and Amendments to Article 7 of the NPM legislation (27 May 2014)

Population 8 598 561
Area (sq km) 112 090
Number of prisons 24
Prison population 12 969
Quick links

IACHR: Report (March 2013)

SPT: SPT Visit (September 2009) - SPT Report (February 2010). NPM Advisory Visit (April-May 2012) - Report for the State (confidential) and Report for the NPM (January 2013).

Communication to the SPT: Official Correspondence from Honduras (6 February 2009)

CAT: Concluding Observations (June 2009)

UPR: Report of the Working Group (January 2011)