Burkina Faso - OPCAT Situation

Opcat status

OPCAT Ratification July 7, 2010
UNCAT Ratification January 4, 1999
NPM Designated

National Observer for the Prevention of Torture

NPM Type

New Specialised Institution

NPM Legal Framework

Law N° 022-2014/AN (27 May 2014)

Burkina Faso ratified the OPCAT in July 2010.

In May 2014, the national parliament adopted a law criminalising torture and creating a new specialised institution as the NPM, the National Observer for the Prevention of Torture. The NPM is not operational yet as the implementing decree providing for its structure, composition and functioning is still pending.

The SPT member Catherine Paulet is the SPT Focal Point for Burkina Faso.