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News on United Kingdom (3)

European Court dismisses allegations of torture against the UK
September 19, 2014
European Court grants Saudi Arabia immunity for torture
January 21, 2014


Interview with Erwin James, UK
August 6, 2014

OPCAT Status

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)


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.
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