Paraguay - OPCAT Situation

Opcat status

OPCAT Ratification December 2, 2005
UNCAT Ratification March 12, 1990
NPM Type

New Specialised Institution

NPM Legal Framework

Law N° 4288 of 27 April 2011 (Spanish version)

Paraguay ratified the OPCAT in December 2005 and conducted wide consultations with national, regional and international actors interested in torture prevention. A consensus was reached at the national level to establish a new and specialised institution to perform the NPM mandate.

The law establishing the new NPM was adopted in April 2011 and the selecting committee was appointed in August 2012. The appointment of the six NPM members was finalised in December 2012 and the members started their operations early 2013.

Furthermore, Paraguay received two visits of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture: one regular visit in March 2009 and a follow-up visit in September 2010. The visit reports and the State's replies have been made public.

The SPT member Maria Margarida Pressburger is the SPT Focal Point for Paraguay.