The United Kingdom's National Preventive Mechanism

Thursday, April 30, 2009
On 31 March 2009, the United Kingdom's Ministry of Justice published a written ministerial statement designating 18 existing oversight bodies as the UK National Preventive Mechanism, including Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Prisons, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, and the lay visiting scheme Independent Custody Visiting Association. Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Prisons will assume the NPM coordination role for the 18 bodies. The UK ratified the OPCAT on 10 December 2003, and the designation of its NPM represents a major break-through for the implementation of the OPCAT in the country.