30 April 2014
GENEVA (30 April 2014) - The United Nations Committee Against Torture is due to review Montenegro for the second time on 7 and 8 May in sessions that will be webcast live.
Montenegro is one of the 155 States parties to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and is required to undergo regular examinations of its record before the Committee of 10 independent experts.
The Committee will engage in a dialogue with the delegation from the Montenegro government and also hear from NGOs. The public sessions will take place from 10:00 on 7 May and from 15:00 on 8 May and can be viewed here: http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/.
Among the issues likely to be discussed are: registration of detained persons; violence against women; trafficking in persons; torture and abuse of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population by police; national prison reform; independence of the judiciary; and juvenile justice.
Montenegro’s second report is available at:
http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=890&Lang=en. The Committee will publish its concluding observations here on Friday 23 May.
A press conference is tentatively scheduled for Friday 23 May at 14:00 at Palais des Nations when the Committee will discuss its concluding observations on Montenegro and the other States being reviewed – Uruguay, Thailand, Sierra Leone, Holy See, Guinea, Cyprus, and Lithuania.
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