CAT/C/20/D/61/1996
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Annex
VIEWS OF THE
PARAGRAPH 7,
OTHER CRUEL,
PUNISHMENT -

COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE UNDER ARTICLE 22,
OF THE CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE AND
INHUMAN OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR
TWENTIETH SESSION
concerning

Communication No. 61/1996
Submitted by:

X, Y and Z (names withheld)
[represented by counsel]

Alleged victim:

The authors

State party:

Sweden

Date of communication:

27 June 1996

The Committee against Torture, established under article 17 of the
Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or
Punishment,
Meeting on 6 May 1998,
Having concluded its consideration of communication No. 61/1996,
submitted to the Committee against Torture under article 22 of the Convention
against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,
Having taken into account all information made available to it by the
authors of the communication, their counsel and the State party,
Adopts its Views under article 22, paragraph 7, of the Convention.
1.
The authors of the communication are X, Y and Z. They are nationals of
the Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex-Zaire) and allege a violation by
Sweden of article 3 of the Convention against Torture. They are represented
by counsel.
The facts as submitted
2.1
Counsel submits that X and his sister Z were politically active in a
political opposition party in Zaire, without giving further specifications.
He claims that this led to their arrest, imprisonment and torture, without
giving more details. It is said that, as a result of her torture, Z is now in
poor health. X and Z reportedly fled from prison and escaped to Sweden.
2.2
Y, who is married to X, claims to have faced torture in Zaire as she
searched for her husband in different prisons. She too escaped from Zaire to
Sweden.

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