Argentina

News on Prevention

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EU, Argentina and Mongolia launch global Alliance for Torture-Free Trade
September 20, 2017
Argentina urged to select independent and qualified NPM members
June 12, 2017

Resources

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Regional Forum on the OPCAT in Latin America - Outcome Report
October 24, 2017
Realidades de los Mecanismos Nacionales de Prevención de la Tortura en América Latina
October 1, 2017
Truth Commissions: a comparative study (2003)
October 1, 2017
Committee against Torture: APT submission on Argentina (2017)
March 21, 2017
Argentina should take historic step for the prevention of torture (2015)
November 29, 2016

OPCAT Status

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OPCAT Ratification : November 15, 2004
UNCAT Ratification : September 24, 1986
SPT Member : Ms María Dolores Gómez (2017-2020)
NPM Designated :

National System to Prevent Torture, comprising:

  • National Committee for the Prevention of Torture (composed of 13 members, including the Ombudsperson for Federal Prisons (Procurador Penitenciario de la Nación);
  • a Federal Council of Local Preventive Mechanisms;
  • Local preventive mechanisms (to be designated) in each of the 24 provinces;
  • and public institutions and NGOs interested in the compliance of the OPCAT’s goals.
NPM Type :

National Preventive System in Federal State

NPM Legal Framework :

National System to Prevent Torture legislation (Law n° 26.827, published on 11 January 2013) - Spanish version

National System to Prevent Torture regulating Decree 465/2014 (9 April 2014) - Spanish version

 

LPM Designated :

Chaco: Provincial Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Ill-treatment

Mendoza: Provincial Commission for the Prevention of Torture and Ill-treatment

Misiones: Provincial Commission for the Prevention of Torture

Rio Negro: Committee of Evaluation of Follow-up and Implementation of the CAT

Salta: Provincial Commission for the Prevention of Torture and Ill-Treatment

Tucuman: Commission for the Prevention of Torture and Ill-treatment

LPM Type :

All designated LPMs are New Specialised Institutions

LPM Legal framework :

Chaco: Law 6483 (1 February 2010)

Mendoza: Law 8279 (16 May 2011) 

Misiones: Law IV - N°65 (28 August 2014)

Rio Negro: Law 4621 (10 January 2011, modified by Law n° 4964 of 5 June 2014)

Salta: Law 7733 (14 September 2012) 

Tucuman: Law 8523 (12 September 2012)

Information

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Population : 43 886 748
Area (sq km) : 2 780 400
Number of prisons : 228
Prison population : 69 060
Federal Structure : Argentina is divided into 24 jurisdictions (23 provinces and the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires)
Torture Laws compilation