CAT

UNITED
NATIONS

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

Distr.
GENERAL
CAT/C/CR/31/3
5 February 2004
Original: ENGLISH

COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE
Thirty-first session
10-21 November 2003

CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS SUBMITTED BY STATES PARTIES
UNDER ARTICLE 19 OF THE CONVENTION
Conclusions and recommendations of the Committee against Torture
LATVIA
1.
The Committee considered the initial report of Latvia (CAT/C/21/Add.4) at
its 579th and 582nd meetings, held on 13 and 14 November 2003 (CAT/C/SR.579 and 582),
and adopted the following conclusions and recommendations.
A. Introduction
2.
The Committee welcomes the initial report of Latvia, which was prepared in accordance
with the form and contents of initial reports of States parties. It regrets, however, that the report,
due on 13 May 1993, was submitted with a nine-year delay. The Committee acknowledges in
this regard the difficulties encountered by the State party during its political and economic
transition and hopes that in the future it will comply fully with its obligations under article 19 of
the Convention.
3.
The Committee also welcomes the additional information provided in writing by the
State party and that by the high-level delegation in the introductory remarks and in the detailed
answers to the questions raised, which demonstrate the State party’s willingness to establish an
open and fruitful dialogue with the Committee.

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