Costa Rica

News on Prevention

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Further synergies within Ombuds institutions designated as NPMs essential to bring about long-lasting change
September 27, 2017
APT works to promote the exchange of good practices among Ibero-American NPMs
May 18, 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

OPCAT Status

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OPCAT Ratification : December 1, 2005
UNCAT Ratification : November 11, 1993
NPM Designated :

Decentralised unit within Ombudsperson's Office (Defensoría de los Habitantes)

NPM Type :

Ombuds Institution

NPM Legal Framework :

The Ombudsperson's Office was initially designated as NPM through      Presidential Decree N° 33568 (13 December 2006). Later, a specific legislation was adopted, NPM Law N° 9204 (18 February 2014)

Decree regulating the NPM Law N° 9204, Decree N° 39062-MJP (16 July 2015)

Information

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Population : 4 755 234
Area (sq km) : 51 100
Number of prisons : 30
Prison population : 17 148
Special juvenile establishments : 3
Torture Laws compilation