Argentina

News on Prevention

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Argentina: National mechanism to prevent torture finally established!
December 21, 2017
Bridging the gap between law and practice in the first hours of detention in Latin America
November 27, 2017

Resources

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APT submission to the CAT on Argentina (2017)
February 5, 2018
APT submission to the HRCttee on Argentina (2016)
February 5, 2018
Realidades de los Mecanismos Nacionales de Prevención de la Tortura en América Latina (2014)
February 5, 2018
Regional Forum on the OPCAT in Latin America - Outcome Report (2014)
February 5, 2018
Statement UPR Argentina (2013)
January 30, 2018

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