United Nations

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

Distr.: General
21 September 2015
Original: English

Committee against Torture

Communication No. 494/2012
Decision adopted by the Committee at its fifty-fifth session
(27 July-14 August 2015))
Submitted by:

H.B. (represented by counsel, Rachid Mesli, of
the Fondation Alkarama)

Alleged victim:

The complainant

State party:


Date of complaint:

22 February 2012 (initial submission)

Date of present decision:

6 August 2015

Subject matter:

Torture in detention for the purpose of obtaining

Procedural issues:


Substantive issues:

Cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment;
obligation to systematically monitor
interrogation techniques and practices; obligation
to carry out a prompt and impartial investigation;
right to an effective remedy; right to
compensation; prohibition against using
confessions obtained under torture

Articles of the Convention:

1; 2 (1); 11; 12; 13; 14; and 15; and,
alternatively, article 16



Select target paragraph3