United Nations

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

CAT/C/NOR/CO/8
Distr.: General
5 June 2018
Original: English

Committee against Torture

Concluding observations on the eighth periodic report of
Norway*
1.
The Committee against Torture considered the eighth periodic report of Norway
(CAT/C/NOR/8) at its 1617th and 1620th meetings (see CAT/C/SR.1617 and 1620), held
on 24 and 25 April 2018, and adopted the present concluding observations at its 1646th and
1647th meetings, held on 14 and 15 May 2018.

A.

Introduction
2.
The Committee welcomes the dialogue with the State party’s delegation and the oral
replies and written information provided in relation to the concerns raised by the
Committee.

B.

Positive aspects
3.
The Committee welcomes the ratification of or accession to the following
international instruments by the State party:
(a)

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, on 3 June 2013;

(b)
The Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel,
Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, on 27 June 2013;
(c)
The Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence
against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention), on 5 July 2017.
4.
The Committee also welcomes the State party’s initiatives to revise its legislation in
areas of relevance to the Convention:
(a)
The amendment to the Penal Code that provides that minors may not be
sentenced to preventive detention unless “wholly extraordinary circumstances” exist, in
2012;
(b)
Juvenile sentences, as an alternative to custodial sanctions, for minors who
have committed serious and/or repeated offences, and juvenile follow-up sanctions for up to
one year, both of which are executed by the Mediation Service instead of the Correctional
Services, in July 2014;
(c)
The amendments to the Penal Code of 2005 regarding the preventive
detention of minors only when “strictly necessary”, which entered into force on 1 October
2015;

* Adopted by the Committee at its sixty-third session (23 April–18 May 2018).
GE.18-08926(E)

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