United Kingdom

News on Prevention

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EU, Argentina and Mongolia launch global Alliance for Torture-Free Trade
September 20, 2017
European Court dismisses allegations of torture against the UK
September 19, 2014

Resources

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Putting prevention into practice - OPCAT 10th anniversary booklet (2016)
February 5, 2018
APT's Evidence to the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation in the UK on Deportations with assurances and post-return monitoring mechanisms (2014)
January 30, 2018
Interview with Erwin James, UK
August 6, 2014

OPCAT Status

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OPCAT Ratification : December 10, 2003
OPCAT Ratification comment :

On 24 February 2014, the UK extended OPCAT ratification to the territory of the Isle of Man

UNCAT Ratification : December 8, 1988
SPT Member : Mr. Malcolm Evans (2009-2016; 2017-2020)
NPM Designated :

21 bodies were designated as part of the UK NPM, coordinated by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons - Click for a complete list

NPM Type :

Multiple Institutions

NPM Legal Framework :

Ministerial Statement (3 December 2013)

Ministerial Statement (March 2009)

Information

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Population : 63 742 977
Area (sq km) : 243 610
Number of prisons : 121
Prison population : 85 902
Federal Structure : The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy with a democratic, parliamentary government. It is not a federal State but it has a significantly decentralised administrative structure in respect of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
Torture Laws compilation