Convention against Torture
and Other Cruel, Inhuman
or Degrading Treatment
22 December 2017
Committee against Torture
Concluding observations on the sixth periodic report of
Bosnia and Herzegovina*
The Committee against Torture considered the sixth periodic report of Bosnia and
Herzegovina (CAT/C/BIH/6) at its 1578th and 1581st meetings (see CAT/C/SR.1578 and
1581), held on 10 and 13 November 2017, and adopted the present concluding observations
at its 1602nd meeting, held on 28 November 2017.
The Committee welcomes the submission of the sixth periodic report of Bosnia and
Herzegovina and the information contained therein. It, however, regrets that the report was
submitted one and a half years late.
The Committee expresses appreciation for the dialogue held 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 human rights instruments by the State party:
The International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced
Disappearance, in 2012;
The Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence
against Women and Domestic Violence, in 2013.
The Committee also welcomes the following legislative measures taken by the State
party in areas of relevance to the Convention, such as the adoption of the following:
Law on Witness Protection Programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 2014;
Law on amendments to the Criminal Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in
Law on Aliens, in 2015;
Law on Asylum, in 2016;
Law on Free Legal Aid Provision in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 2016.
* Adopted by the Committee at its sixty-second session (6 November–6 December 2017).