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UN Committee Against Torture to review Benin, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, and the United Kingdom

GENEVA (17 April 2019) — The UN Committee Against Torture will meet in Geneva from 23 April to 17 May, 2019 to review Benin, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

The above are among the 166 States parties to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and so are required to undergo regular reviews on how they are implementing the Convention and the Committee’s previous recommendations.

The public sessions will be held in the first floor conference room of Palais Wilson in Geneva on the following schedule:

Wednesday, 24 April

10:00-13:00 DRC

Thursday, 25 April

10:00-13:00 Mexico
15:00-18:00 DRC

Friday, 26 April

15:00-18:00 Mexico

Monday, 29 April

10:00-13:00 Germany

Tuesday, 30 April

10:00-13:00 South Africa
15:00-18:00 Germany

Wednesday, 1 May

15:00-18:00 South Africa

Thursday, 2 May

10:00-13:00 Benin

Friday, 3 May

15:00-18:00 Benin

Tuesday, 7 May

10:00-13:00 United Kingdom

Wednesday, 8 May

15:00-18:00 United Kingdom

The Committee will publish its findings on the respective States on 17 May and hold a press conference (to be confirmed).

The recommended hashtag for the meeting is #CAT66 and the sessions will be webcast live at http://webtv.un.org/live

Further information about the session is available on the session Web page. Further information is also available regarding media accreditation.

For more information and media requests please contact Julia Grønnevet +41 (0) 22 917 9310 jgronnevet@ohchr.org

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Background

The Committee Against Torture monitors States parties’ adherence to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which to date has 166 States parties. The Committee is made up of 10 members who are independent human rights experts drawn from around the world, who serve in their personal capacity and not as representatives of States parties. The Committee’s concluding observations are an independent assessment of States’ compliance with their human rights obligations under the treaty.

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