CAT

UNITED
NATIONS

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

Distr.
GENERAL
CAT/C/CR/30/6
23 June 2003
ENGLISH
Original: FRENCH

COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE
Thirtieth session
28 April-16 May 2003
CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS SUBMITTED BY STATES PARTIES
UNDER ARTICLE 19 OF THE CONVENTION
Conclusions and recommendations of the Committee against Torture
BELGIUM
1.
The Committee considered the initial report of Belgium (CAT/C/52/Add.2) at
its 558th, 561st, 562nd and 569th meetings, held on 6, 7, 8 and 14 May 2003
(CAT/C/SR.558, 561, 562 and 569), and adopted the following conclusions and
recommendations.
A. Introduction
2.
The Committee welcomes with satisfaction the initial report of Belgium, which does not,
however, contain enough information on the practical implementation of the Convention and the
difficulties encountered in that regard.
3.
The Committee welcomes the presence of a delegation composed of high-level experts,
who replied fully and frankly to the many questions asked. The Committee welcomes with great
satisfaction the very high quality of the ensuing dialogue.
B. Positive aspects
4.

The Committee notes with satisfaction the following elements:

(a)
The ratification of the Convention without reservations and the recognition of the
Committee’s competence to consider inter-State and individual complaints (arts. 21 and 22);

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