Senegal - OPCAT Situation

Opcat status

OPCAT Ratification October 18, 2006
UNCAT Ratification August 21, 1986
SPT Member Mr. Hameth Saloum Diakhate
NPM Type

New Specialised Institution

NPM Legal Framework

NPM law n°2009-13 (02 March 2009)

NPM implementing decree n° 2011-842 (16 June 2011)

Decree n° 2012-119 nominating Boubou Diouf Tall (19 January 2012)

Senegal ratified the OPCAT in October 2006 and established a new institution as NPM in 2009 through the adoption of a specific legislation: the National Observer of Places of Deprivation of Liberty. The Senegalese NPM legislation is inspired by the French law, which created the General Controller of Places of Deprivation of Liberty.

In 2011, the implementing decree of the NPM legislation was approved by the Council of Ministers and the National Observer was appointed in 2012. A Secretary General of the institution was recruited the same year and the Senegalese NPM began its operations.

The Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture carried out an NPM advisory visit to Senegal in December 2012. The report was sent in May 2013 to the authorities (still confidential) and to the NPM (made public in June 2013).

The SPT member who is the SPT Focal Point for Senegal is available here.