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Cyprus to be reviewed by UN Committee against Torture

2 May 2014

GENEVA (2 May 2014) - The UN Committee Against Torture is due to review Cyprus  for the fourth time on 8 and 9 May in sessions that will be webcast live.
 
Cyprus 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 Cyprus government and also hear from NGOs. The public sessions will take place from 10:00 on 8 May and from 15:00 on 9 May and can be viewed here: http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/.
 
Among the issues likely to be discussed are: prison conditions; strategy to combat domestic violence; measures to tackle human trafficking; treatment of asylum seekers; medical examination of detainees:  Code of Conduct for Police Interrogations; detention conditions for illegal immigrants; use of evidence obtained by torture.
 
Cyprus’s fourth 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 Cyprus and the other States being reviewed – Uruguay, Thailand, Sierra Leone, Holy See, Guinea,  Montenegro and Lithuania. 
 
ENDS
 
For more information and media requests, please contact:
Ravina Shamdasani: rshamdasani@ohchr.org / tel.: 41 22 917 9169
or Cecile Pouilly: cpouilly@ohchr.org / tel.: 41 22 917 9310.
 
To arrange an interview with a Committee member, please contact:
Joao Nataf: jnataf@ohchr.org / tel.: 41 22 917 9102.
 
To learn more about the Committee Against Torture, please visit:  http://www.ohchr.org/en/hrbodies/cat/pages/catindex.aspx
 
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