Convention against Torture
and Other Cruel, Inhuman
or Degrading Treatment
18 December 2017
Committee against Torture
Concluding observations on the combined fifth and sixth
periodic reports of Italy*
The Committee against Torture considered the combined fifth and sixth periodic
reports of Italy (CAT/C/ITA/5-6) at its 1582nd and 1585th meetings (see CAT/C/SR.1582
and 1585), held on 14 and 15 November 2017, and adopted the present concluding
observations at its 1605th and 1606th meetings, held on 29 and 30 November 2017.
The Committee expresses its appreciation to the State party for accepting the
optional reporting procedure, as this allows for a more focused dialogue between the State
party and the Committee.
The Committee appreciates having had the opportunity to engage in a constructive
dialogue with the State party’s delegation, and the responses provided to the questions and
concerns raised during the consideration of the report.
The Committee welcomes the ratification of or accession to the following
international instruments by the State party:
The International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced
Disappearance, on 8 October 2015;
The Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel,
Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, on 3 April 2013;
The Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against
Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, on 3 January 2013;
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, on 15 May 2009.
The Committee also welcomes the following legislative measures taken by the State
party in areas of relevance to the Convention:
The adoption, on 21 February 2014, of Law No. 10/2014, providing for the
establishment of the National Authority (Garante nazionale) for the Rights of Persons
Detained or Deprived of Personal Liberty, which constitutes the national preventive
mechanism for the prevention of torture together with the existing preventive mechanisms
at the regional and city levels;
* Adopted by the Committee at its sixty-second session (6 November–6 December 2017).