Cyprus - OPCAT Situation

Opcat status

OPCAT Ratification April 29, 2009
UNCAT Ratification July 18, 1991
SPT Member Mr Petros Michaelidis (2011-2014; 2017-2020)
NPM Type

Ombuds Institution

NPM Legal Framework

Law 2 (III)/2009 ratifying the OPCAT and designating the Commissioner for Administration and Human Rights as the NPM (27 March 2009)

Commissioner for Administration's Act

Shortly after having ratified the OPCAT in 2009, Cyprus appointed the Commissioner for Administration (Ombuds Institution) as its NPM.

A separate unit, called Independent Authority forthe Prevention of Torture, was established to perform the NPM mandate and handle complaints. The NPM started to be operational in 2011.

The SPT visited Cyprus in January 2016. The SPT report has not been made public yet.

The SPT member Kosta Mitrovic is the SPT Focal Point for Cyprus.

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