Convention against Torture
and Other Cruel, Inhuman
or Degrading Treatment
22 December 2017
Committee against Torture
Concluding observations on the fourth periodic report of
The Committee against Torture considered the fourth periodic report of Mauritius
(CAT/C/MUS/4) at its 1588th and 1591st meetings, held on 17 and 20 November 2017
(CAT/C/SR.1588 and 1591), and adopted the following concluding observations at its
1606th meeting, held on 30 November 2017.
The Committee welcomes the submission of the State party’s fourth periodic report
prepared on the basis of a list of issues prior to reporting drawn up by the Committee
(CAT/C/MUS/QPR/4). It expresses its appreciation to the State party for having accepted
the simplified reporting procedure, as this improves the cooperation between the State party
and the Committee and gives focus to the examination of the report as well as the dialogue
with the delegation.
The Committee welcomes the dialogue held with the State party’s delegation, as
well as the responses provided to the questions and concerns raised during the consideration
of the report. It also thanks the State party for the additional statistical data supplied that are
relevant to the monitoring of the implementation of the Convention at the national level.
The Committee welcomes the political commitment to legal, policy and institutional
reforms laid out in the Government Programme 2015–2019 that will help improve
compliance with the State party’s obligations under the Convention.
The Committee welcomes the State party’s ratification of the Optional Protocol to
the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and
child pornography, in 2011.
The Committee welcomes the adoption of, among others, the following legislative
measures by the State party in areas of relevance to the Convention:
The Independent Police Complaints Commission Act, in 2016, which
establishes the independent commission replacing the Police Complaints Division of the
National Human Rights Commission;
The Protection from Domestic Violence (Amendment) Act, in 2016, which,
inter alia, broadens the definition of domestic violence;
* Adopted by the Committee at its sixty-second session (6 November–6 December 2017).