Bulgaria - OPCAT Situation

Opcat status

OPCAT Ratification June 1, 2011
UNCAT Ratification December 16, 1986
NPM Type

Ombuds Institution

NPM Legal Framework

Amendments to the Ombudsman Act

Bulgaria ratified the OPCAT in 2011. The following year Bulgaria designated its Ombudsman as the country's National Preventive Mechanism through amendments to its existing legislation.

A new Directorate of National Preventive Mechanism and Fundamental Human Rights and Freedoms has been established in the Office of the Ombudsman on 1 June 2012.

The SPT member Abdellah Ounnir is the SPT Focal Point for Bulgaria.