Convention against Torture
and Other Cruel, Inhuman
or Degrading Treatment
15 December 2017
Committee against Torture
Concluding observations on the initial report of Timor-Leste*
The Committee against Torture considered the initial report of Timor-Leste
(CAT/C/TLS/1) at its 1594th and 1597th meetings (see CAT/C/SR.1594 and 1597), held on
22 and 23 November 2017, and adopted the present concluding observations at its 1610th
meeting, held on 4 December 2017.
The Committee welcomes the submission of the initial report of Timor-Leste and the
information contained therein. It regrets, however, that the report was submitted with a
delay of over 11 years, which prevented the Committee from conducting a periodic analysis
of the State party’s implementation of the Convention following its accession in 2003.
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 in the period since the entry into force of the Convention for the
State party in 2003:
The Convention on the Rights of the Child, on 16 April 2003;
The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial
Discrimination, on 16 April 2003;
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against
Women, on 16 April 2003;
The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, on 16
The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the
sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, on 16 April 2003;
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, on 18 September
The Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and
Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty, on 18 September 2003;
* Adopted by the Committee at its sixty-second session (6 November–6 December 2017).