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In 2008, Guatemala ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT).

The National Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture (NMPT) was set upin 2010 but started operating in 2014.

The NMPT is made up of ten members: five full time members and five alternates,and a civil societya Consultative Board.

In 2015, it committed to a budget of 10 million quetzales ($1.25 million US).

The NMPT plans to establish delegations in various parts of the country.

According to the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), what is preventing the NMPT from functioning properly is the lack of experience of its members on medical and legal issues. The current rapporteurs have not presented any conclusions since their nomination.

The Sub-Committee for the Prevention of Torture conducted its first visit to Guatemala from 11 to 20 May 2015. Its report remains confidential under orders from the Guatamalan government. The SPT publicly pointed out what it calls “the dysfunctions” of the NMPT, without going into details, because of the confidentiality of the report.