CAT

UNITED
NATIONS

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

Distr.
GENERAL
CAT/C/CR/31/4
5 February 2004
Original: ENGLISH

COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE
Thirty-first session
10 to 21 November 2003
CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS SUBMITTED BY STATES PARTIES
UNDER ARTICLE 19 OF THE CONVENTION
Conclusions and recommendations of the Committee against Torture
YEMEN
1.
The Committee considered the initial report of Yemen (CAT/C/16/Add.10) at
its 583rd and 586th meetings, held on 17 and 18 November 2003 (CAT/C/SR.583 and 586),
and adopted the following conclusions and recommendations.
A. Introduction
2.
The Committee welcomes the initial report of Yemen and the opportunity to initiate a
dialogue with the State party. It regrets, however, that the report, due on 4 December 1992, was
submitted almost 10 years late.
3.
The report, which provides extensive information on legal provisions but fails to address
in detail the practical implementation of the Convention or difficulties encountered in this
regard, does not fully comply with the reporting guidelines of the Committee. The Committee
welcomes the readiness of the delegation to engage in a frank and open dialogue.
B. Positive aspects
4.
The Committee welcomes the ongoing efforts of the State party to reform its legal
system, revise its legislation and uphold democratic values, in particular:
(a)
The establishment of the Human Rights Ministry in 2003 aimed at promoting and
ensuring respect for human rights, including consideration of individual complaints;

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