Belgium - OPCAT Situation

Opcat status

OPCAT Signature October 24, 2005
UNCAT Ratification June 25, 1999
NPM Designated

Under Consideration

Belgium signed the OPCAT in October 2005 and discussions have been ongoing since then regarding the ratification of the instrument.

Discussions have also taken place on the possible NPM structure and various options have emerged, including establishing a new National Human Rights Institution (which mandate would also encompass the NPM functions) or designating the existing Federal Ombudsperson's Office, provided changes would be made to its mandate.

  • Information

    Population 10 379 067
    Area (sq km) 30 528
    Number of prisons 33
    Prison population 10 159
    Federal Structure Belgium is divided into three regions and three communities.