CAT concluding observations 2019, paragraph 17

UN recommendation

Plain English recommendation

Government should: Set out in law the role and powers of the United Kingdom’s National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) and its members. Guarantee that the NPM is independent from government and that its secretariat and members receive enough funding to carry out their role effectively. Ensure that the NPM’s recommendations are implemented.

Original UN recommendation

The State party should clearly set out in legislation the mandate and powers of the NPM secretariat and its members and guarantee their operational independence, and ensure effective follow-up to and implementation of the NPM’s recommendations, in accordance with the guidelines on national preventive mechanisms of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and Other, Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (see CAT/OP/12/5, paras. 6-8)). The State party should also guarantee that the NPM’s secretariat and member bodies receive sufficient resources to discharge their prevention mandate independently and effectively.

Date of UN examination


UN article number

2 (prevention of torture)

Last updated on 11/09/2019