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Brazil exhorted to extend torture prevention measures to local level
June 9, 2017
Caribbean and Latin American States meet on torture prohibition
April 7, 2017


Recommendations on the prison system in the State of Maranhão (2014)
September 30, 2016
The security and powers of the Torture Prevention Mechanism of the State of Pernambuco must be guaranteed
August 27, 2015
Regional Forum on the OPCAT in Latin America - Outcome Report
February 19, 2015
Realidades de los Mecanismos Nacionales de Prevención de la Tortura en América Latina
November 20, 2014
World Cup: Preventing torture in Rio de Janeiro
July 9, 2014

OPCAT Status

OPCAT Ratification : January 12, 2007
UNCAT Ratification : September 28, 1989
NPM Type :

National Preventive System in Federal State

NPM Legal Framework :

Law N° 12.847 (2 August 2013) - Portuguese version

Implementing Decree N° 8.154 (16 December 2013) - Portuguese version

Law N° 12.857 creating the NPM members' positions (2 September 2013) - Portuguese version

LPM Designated :

Alagoas: State Mechanism to Prevent and Combat Torture

Rio de Janeiro: Mechanism to Combat and Prevent Torture

Espirito Santo: State Mechanism to Prevent and Combat Torture

Paraíba: State Mechanism to Prevent and Combat Torture

Pernambuco: State Mechanism to Prevent and Combat Torture

Rondonia: State Mechanism to Prevent and Combat Torture

Minas Gerais: State Mechanism to Prevent Torture

LPM Type :

Alagoas: New Specialised Institution

Rio de Janeiro: New Specialised Institution

Espirito Santo: New Specialised Institution

Paraíba: New Specialised Institution

Pernambuco: New Specialised Institution

Rondonia: New Specialised Institution

LPM Legal framework :

Alagoas: Law n°7.141/2009 (December 2009)

Rio de Janeiro: Law n. 5778/2010 (30 June 2010)

Espirito Santo: Law nº10.006 (April 2013)

Paraíba: Law nº 9413 (July 2011)

Pernambuco: Law nº 14.863 (December 2012)

Rondonia: Law nº 3.262 (5 December 2013)

Minas Gerais: Law nº 21.164 (17 January 2014)


Population : 190 732 694
Area (sq km) : 8 511 965
Number of prisons : 1 795
Prison population : 494 237
Federal Structure : Brazil is divided into 26 States and one Federal District
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