The Contrôleur général assumes the position of the National Preventive
Mechanism (NPM) under OPCAT. He or she makes sure that persons deprived
of their liberty are treated humanely and with respect for the dignity inherent
to any human being. In this framework, the Contrôleur général can visit at
any time, all over France, every place where people are deprived of liberty.
This includes, among others, custodial establishments, health institutions,
premises of police custody, detention centres for undocumented migrants,
closed educational centres, vehicles for the transport of people deprived of
This collection includes all public opinions, recommendations and urgent
recommendations that were published in the Journal Officiel de la République
Française during Mr Jean-Marie Delarue's mandate (2008-2014).
As it was found that those opinions and recommendations could prove to
be useful for other NPMs worldwide, the Contrôleur général, in cooperation
with the international NGO Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT),
decided to translate them into English and Spanish, in order to make them
accessible to a larger number of actors active for the prevention of torture
and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.
Opinions and Recommendations of the French CGLPL - 2008-2014
Following the ratification by France of the Optional Protocol to the
Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment
or Punishment (OPCAT), adopted in 2002 by the General Assembly of the
United Nations, the French Parliament passed a law to set up a Contrôleur
général des lieux de privation de liberté (CGLPL) and gave it the status of an
independent public body.
Opinions and Recommendations
of the French
'Contrôleur général des lieux de
privation de liberté'
2008 - 2014