CAT/C/MDA/CO/2 United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment Distr.: General 29 March 2010 Original: English Committee against Torture Forty-third session Geneva, 2–20 November 2009 Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under article 19 of the Convention Concluding observations of the Committee against Torture Republic of Moldova 1. The Committee against Torture considered the second periodic report of the Republic of Moldova (CAT/C/MDA/2) at its 910th and 912th meetings (CAT/C/SR.910 and 912), held on 11 and 12 November 2009, and adopted, at its 922nd meeting (CAT/C/SR.922) held on 19 November 2009, the conclusions and recommendations as set out below. A. Introduction 2. The Committee welcomes the submission of the second periodic report of the Republic of Moldova, which, while generally following the Committee’s guidelines for reporting, is submitted with a delay of almost three years, and lacks statistical and practical information on the implementation of the provisions of the Convention. The Committee also welcomes the submissions of the replies to the list of issues (CAT/C/MDA/Q/2/Add.1), in which the State party provided additional information on the measures it has taken to implement the Convention. The Committee regrets, however, that the State party has not responded in the framework of follow-up to the questions that it raised in the course of consideration of the initial report of the Republic of Moldova (CAT/C/32/Add.4), despite the reminder sent on 7 March 2006 by the Committee Rapporteur on follow-up with regard to the concluding observations to the Republic of Moldova (CAT/C/CR/30/7). 3. The Committee notes with satisfaction the constructive dialogue held with the highlevel delegation of the State party. 4. The Committee also notes the State party’s assertion that it cannot be held responsible for violations of human rights committed on the territory over which it “does not exercise a real jurisdiction”, as is the case with the left bank of the Dniester river (HRI/CORE/1/Add.114, paras. 33–34). The Committee nonetheless reiterates that the State GE.10-41468 (E) 070410

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