Guatemala - NPM Structure

Opcat status

OPCAT Ratification June 9, 2008
UNCAT Ratification June 5, 1990
NPM Designated

National Office to Prevent Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment

NPM Type

New Specialised Institution

NPM Legal Framework

Legislative Decree 40-2010 (November 2010)

The Guatemalan NPM consists of a new independent body, the National Preventive Office (Oficina Nacional de Prevención de la Tortura). The Office is assisted by an Advisory Council and an Executive Secretariat. The legislation also foresees the coordination of the new mechanism’s activities with existing monitoring bodies such as the Ombudsperson’s Office.