Norway - OPCAT Situation

OPCAT Status

OPCAT signature date
OPCAT ratification date
UNCAT ratification Date
NPM Type

Ombuds Institution

Norway ratified the OPCAT at the domestic level in May 2013 and deposited the instrument of ratification to the United Nations on 27 June 2013: it became the 69th State Party to the OPCAT.

The Parliamentary Ombudsman has been designated as the National Preventive Mechanism. A specific NPM department was created within the Ombudsman.

The SPT member who is the SPT Focal Point for Norway is available here.

NPM Structure

A NPM department was created within the Parliamentary Ombudsman to perform the NPM tasks.

In June 2014, an advisory committee was established by the Parliamentary Ombudsman to provide advice to the NPM. It is composed of representatives of the Norwegian NHRI, NGOs and professional associations.


Annual reports

The Ombuds Institution publishes a separate annual report on the activities carried out as NPM. This is avaiable on their website.

Other Reports

All visits reports of the Norwegian NPM are public. The institutions that have been visited are asked to inform the NPM about how they have followed up on the recommendations within a few months.

The NPM also publishes thematic reports.

Thematic reports and follow-up information is available on the NPM’s website.