Convention against Torture
and Other Cruel, Inhuman
or Degrading Treatment
11 July 2019
Committee against Torture
Concluding observations on the sixth periodic report of
The Committee against Torture considered the sixth periodic report of Germany
(CAT/C/DEU/6) at its 1728th and 1731st meetings (see CAT/C/SR.1728 and 1731), held
on 29 and 30 April 2019, and adopted the present concluding observations at its 1750th
meeting, held on 14 May 2019.
The Committee welcomes the submission of the sixth periodic report by the State
party but regrets that it was submitted after a delay of two years.
The Committee commends the State party for its comprehensive interministerial
delegation, which included federal and Länder representatives, and appreciates the detailed,
precise and substantive answers provided by the State party during the dialogue in relation
to the concerns raised by the Committee.
The Committee welcomes the ratification of or accession to the following
international instruments by the State party since the consideration of the previous report:
The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a
communications procedure, in 2013;
The United Nations Convention against Corruption, in 2014;
The Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against
Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (Lanzarote Convention), in 2015;
The Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence
against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention), in 2017.
The Committee also welcomes the State party’s initiatives to revise its legislation in
areas of relevance to the Convention, including the adoption of:
The Implementation Act under the Federal Law of the Distance Requirement
in the Law Governing Preventive Detention, in 2012;
Section 226a of the Criminal Code, on female genital mutilation, which
expressly subjects the mutilation of the external genitalia of a female person to punishment
under criminal law, in 2013;
* Adopted by the Committee at its sixty-sixth session (23 April–17 May 2019).