United Nations

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

Distr.: General
25 May 2010
Original: English

Committee against Torture
Forty-fourth session
26 April – 14 May 2010

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

Syrian Arab Republic
The Committee against Torture considered the initial report of Syrian Arab Republic
(CAT/C/SYR/1) at its 937th and 939th meetings (CAT/C/SR.937 and 939), held on 3 and 4
May 2010, and adopted, at its 951st meeting (CAT/C/SR.951), the following concluding


The Committee welcomes the submission of the initial report of the Syrian Arab
Republic, which, while generally following the Committee’s guidelines for reporting, lacks
statistical and practical information on the implementation of the provisions of the
Convention and relevant domestic legislation. However, the Committee regrets that the
report was submitted five years late, which prevented the Committee from conducting an
analysis of the implementation of the Convention in the State party following its ratification
in 2004.
The Committee notes with appreciation that a high-level delegation from the State
party met with the Committee during its forty-fourth session, and also notes with
appreciation the opportunity to engage in a constructive dialogue covering areas of mutual
concern under the Convention.


Positive aspects
The Committee welcomes the fact that the State party has ratified or acceded to the
following international instruments:



International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, on 21 April 1969;


International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, on 21 April

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