United Nations

Convention against Torture
and Other Cruel, Inhuman
or Degrading Treatment
or Punishment

Distr.: General
7 December 2011
Original: English

Committee against Torture
Forty-seventh session
31 October–25 November 2011

Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under
article 19 of the Convention
Concluding observations of the Committee against Torture

The Committee against Torture considered the fourth periodic report of Belarus
(CAT/C/BLR/4) at its 1036th and 1039th meetings, held on 11 and 14 November 2011
(CAT/C/SR.1036 and 1039), and adopted the following concluding observations at its
1053rd meeting (CAT/C/SR.1053).


While welcoming the submission of the fourth report of Belarus, the Committee
regrets that it was submitted nine years late, which prevented the Committee from
conducting an analysis of the implementation of the Convention in the State party following
its last review in 2000.
The Committee regrets that no representatives of the State party could come from
the capital to meet with the members of the Committee during the current session; however,
it notes with appreciation the opportunity to engage in a constructive dialogue covering
many areas under the Convention.


Positive aspects
The Committee welcomes the fact that the State party has ratified or acceded to the
following international instruments:
Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
Discrimination against Women (3 February 2004); and
Two Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (23
January 2002 and 25 January 2006).
The Committee notes the ongoing efforts by the State party to reform its legislation,
policies and procedures in areas of relevance to the Convention, including:


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