July 25, 2016 - 7:35am to August 12, 2016 - 7:35am

The mandate of the Committee against Torture

Under article 19 of the Convention against Torture (the Convention), the Committee against Torture (CAT) is mandated to examine reports on the measures that States parties are taking to implement the provisions of the Convention. CAT's mandate also includes the possibility, among other functions, to undertake confidential inquiries when reliable information is received with well-founded indication that torture is being systematically practiced in a State party is received (article 20) and to consider individual complaints (article 22) which is only applicable with regard to States parties that have recognized the competence of the Committee to receive such complaints.

CAT meets for a three to four-week session three times a year in Geneva, in April-May, July-August and November-December and is examining up to 8 or 9 reports per session. During these sessions, the Committee meets with NGOs, NHRIs and National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs) before meeting with the State party's delegation to examine the report. Following the examination of a State party's report, in a dialogue with the State party's delegation, the Committee adopts concluding observations. These include concerns and recommendations, some of which are to be followed-up within one year. The concluding observations reflect the Committee's position with respect to the status of the implementation of the Convention in the State party as well as of its previous recommendations. They are transmitted to the State party for implementation, made public on the last day of the session and posted on the website.

Burundi, Cape Verde, Honduras, Kuwait, Mongolia

Link to OHCHR: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1....

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