Convention against Torture
and Other Cruel, Inhuman
or Degrading Treatment
21 June 2005
COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE
2-20 May 2005
CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS SUBMITTED BY STATES PARTIES
UNDER ARTICLE 19 OF THE CONVENTION
Conclusions and recommendations of the Committee against Torture
The Committee considered the initial report of Bahrain (CAT/C/47/Add.4) at its 653rd
and 656th meetings (CAT/C/SR.653 and 656), held on 12 and 13 May 2005, and adopted, at
its 663rd meeting (CAT/C/SR.633), the following conclusions and recommendations.
The Committee welcomes the initial report of Bahrain although it regrets that the report,
due in April 1999, was submitted with a five-year delay.
The Committee notes that the report does not fully conform to the Committee’s
guidelines for the preparation of initial reports and lacks information on practical aspects of
implementation of the Convention’s provisions.
The Committee welcomes the opportunity to discuss the report with a large delegation
knowledgeable about diverse matters addressed in the Convention, and the full and constructive
dialogue that resulted.
B. Positive aspects
The Committee notes the following positive developments:
The extensive political, legal and social reforms on which the State party has
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