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UN Committee against Torture to review Sweden, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Lithuania, Serbia and Bolivia

GENEVA (5 November 2021) – The UN Committee against Torture (CAT) will hold its upcoming session from 8 November to 3 December, during which it will review Sweden, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Lithuania, Serbia and the Plurinational State of Bolivia.

The six countries are among the 172 States parties to the  Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. They are required to undergo regular reviews by the Committee of 10 independent international experts on how they are implementing the Convention.

The CAT, which has received the respective country reports (except Nigeria) and submissions from non-governmental organizations, will discuss and address a range of issues with the six State delegations through online public dialogues on the following dates:

Sweden: 9 November 10:00am, 10 November 3:00pm Geneva time

Kyrgyzstan: 10 November 10:00am, 11 November 3:00pm

Nigeria: 16 November 10:00am, 17 November 3:00pm

Lithuania: 17 November 10:00am, 18 November 3:00pm

Serbia: 23 November 10:00am, 24 November 3:00pm

Bolivia: 25 November 3:00pm, 26 November 3:00pm

All the above reviews will be carried live on UN Web TV. More information about the session, including reports submitted by the States and full schedule of meetings, is available on the session webpage.

ENDS

For more information and media requests in Geneva, please contact:
Vivian Kwok at +41 (0) 22 917 9362 / vivian.kwok@un.org or the UN Human Rights Office Media Section at +41 (0) 22 928 9855 / ohchr-media@un.org

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 172 State 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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