The information relating to domestic torture laws has been adapted from the Compilation of Torture Laws tool available on the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) website, available here.

Date of ratification UNCAT: 24 September 1986

Relevant Laws

• Constitution of 22 August 1994
• Penal Code (Law No.11.179, amended in 1984)

Relevant Articles

Definition of Torture:
• Article 144 ter of the Penal Code

• Article 144 ter. 144 quarter and 144 quinto of the Penal Code

• International law status: Article 75 of the Constitution

Full texts of the laws are available at

* Information compiled June 2009
Country file can be accessed via APT website here.