Sweden - OPCAT Situation

Opcat status

OPCAT Ratification September 14, 2005
UNCAT Ratification January 8, 1986
NPM Designated

Parliamentary Ombudsmen (Riksdagens Ombudsmän)

NPM Type

Ombuds Institution

NPM Legal Framework

OPCAT Ratification Bill (2004/05:107) and Amendments to the Act with Instructions to Parliamentary Ombudsmen (§5 a, 01 July 2011)

Sweden ratified the OPCAT in 2005. The OPCAT Ratification Bill included the designation of two existing institutions as Sweden’s NPM: the Parliamentary Ombudsmen and the Chancellor of Justice. However, only the Office of the Parliamentary Ombudsmen has been performing the mandate since 2011.

In 2011, the Parliamentary Ombudsmen’s Act was amended and a specific unit was established within the institution. The Parliamentary Ombudsmen was allocated additional resources to perform its new tasks as NPM.

The Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture visited Sweden in 2007 and the report has been made public, as well as the governmental response.

The SPT member Margarete Osterfeld is the SPT Focal Point for Sweden.