COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE

The Committee Against Torture (CAT) is the body of 10 independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment by its State parties.

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Ratification of the Convention against Torture
and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

Status of ratification of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment 

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See the maps on ratifications (PDF) of the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment or its Optional Protocol

Upcoming Events

Virtual 69th session of the Committee against Torture, 13 July 2020 at 13:00, Geneva time
ONLINE (http://webtv.un.org)

In line with precautionary measures adopted to face the Covid-19 pandemic, the April-May 2020 session of the Committee was cancelled. The Committee however pursues its activities on a daily basis. It will exceptionally hold an online 69th session from 13 July 2020.
The opening of the online session will take place on 13 July 2020 at 1pm Geneva time, and will be webcast at:
http://webtv.un.org/
Please note that the examination of States' reports and related briefings by NHRI, NPMs and NGOs and other activities initially scheduled at the 69th session were postponed to next year (see relevant webpage).

Recent Events and Developments

To mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the UN Anti-Torture mechanisms participated in a public webinar entitled “Combatting torture and ill-treatment in times of Covid-19: Testimonies from the ground”, organized by OHCHR and the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT). See below a sketch of the webinar and a link to the registered video.
Public Weminar 26 June 2020
Sketch of Public Webinar, 26 June 2020 © credit: Shazeera Zawawi APT – www.apt.ch
OHCHR Facebook Video

Statement by UN Anti-torture mechanisms on the Day in Support of Victims of Torture (Français | Español)

Replacement of one member of CAT in application of Art. 17, para. 6 of the Convention

68th session (11 November – 6 December 2019)

Statement of the CAT Chairperson to the UNGA 74th session

17th Meeting of States parties (Geneva, 3 October 2019): Elected candidates

Latest CAT Annual Report (A/74/44)

General Comment No. 4 (2017) on the implementation of article 3 of the Convention in the context of article 22
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Guidelines on the receipt and handling of allegations on reprisals (CAT/C/55/2)

Guidelines for follow-up to concluding observations (CAT/C/55/3)

30th anniversary of the Convention against Torture, 4 November 2014

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