Torture Prevention Database

States Signed CAT Ratified CAT Signed OPCAT Ratified OPCAT Criminalization of Torture Penalty
Rwanda 15/12/2008    
Madagascar01/10/200113/12/200524/09/2003 Art 2, 10-12 Law n°08/2008 of 25 June 2008 on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment2-5 years imprisonment. From 5 years to life imprisonment depending on aggravating circumstances
Mauritania 17/11/200427/09/2011   
Liberia 22/09/2004 22/09/2004pending 
Swaziland 26/03/2004    
Congo 30/07/200329/09/2008   
Djibouti 05/11/2002    
Equatorial Guinea 08/10/2002  Art 3 Act No. 6/2006 on the Prevention of and Disciplinary Measures against TorturePrison terms between six months and six years, a fine of 300.000 CFA and a ban from holding public office for twice the period of imprisonment
Lesotho 12/11/2001    
Nigeria28/07/198828/06/2001 27/07/2009pending 
Sierra Leone18/03/198525/04/200126/09/2003   
Botswana08/09/200008/09/2000    
Gabon21/01/198608/09/200015/12/200422/09/2010  
Ghana07/09/200007/09/200006/11/2006   
Mozambique 14/09/1999    
Mali 26/02/199919/01/200412/05/2005  
Burkina Faso 04/01/199921/09/200507/07/2010  
South Africa29/01/199310/12/199820/09/2006   
Zambia 07/10/1998    
Niger 05/10/1998    
Kenya 21/02/1997  pending 
Malawi 11/06/1996    
Democratic Republic of the Congo 18/03/1996 23/09/2010Bill passed by Parliament 
Cote d'Ivoire 18/12/1995    
Chad 09/06/1995    
Namibia 28/11/1994  pending 
Ethiopia 14/03/1994    
Burundi 18/02/1993  Art 196, 197, 200 – 209 Law n°1/05 of 22/04/2009 on the modification of the penal code10-15 years imprisonment. 20 years or life imprisonment depending on aggravating circumstances
Mauritius 09/12/1992 21/06/2005Art 78 Criminal Code5 years imprisonment
Cape Verde 04/06/199226/09/2011   
Seychelles 05/05/1992    
Benin 12/03/199224/02/200520/09/2006pending 
Somalia 24/01/1990    
Guinea30/05/198610/10/198916/09/2005   
Algeria26/11/198512/09/1989  Art 263 bis Criminal Code5-10 years of imprisonment
Libya 16/05/1989    
Tunisia26/08/198723/09/1988 29/06/2011Art 101 Penal Code8 years imprisonment
Togo25/03/198718/11/198715/09/200520/07/2010pending 
Cameroon 19/12/198615/12/2009 Art 132 Penal CodeLife imprisonment or terms of imprisonment and a fine depending on aggravating circumstances or effects of the torture on the victim.
Uganda 03/11/1986  pending 
Senegal04/02/198521/08/198604/02/200318/10/2006Art 296-1 Penal Code 
Egypt 25/06/1986  Art 126 Penal Code3-10 years imprisonment
Guinea-Bissau09/12/2000     
Comoros22/09/2000     
Sao Tome and Principe06/09/2000     
Sudan04/06/1986     
Gambia23/10/1985     
Angola      
Central African Republic      
Eritrea      
Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic      
South Sudan      
Tanzania      
Zimbabwe  27/09/2010