United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment CAT/C/MEX/CO/5-6 Distr.: General 11 December 2012 English Original: Spanish Committee against Torture Concluding observations on the combined fifth and sixth periodic reports of Mexico as adopted by the Committee at its forty-ninth session (29 October–23 November 2012) 1. The Committee against Torture considered the combined fifth and sixth periodic reports of Mexico (CAT/C/MEX/5-6) at its 1098th and 1101st meetings (CAT/C/SR.1098 and 1101), held on 31 October and 1 November 2012, and adopted the following conclusions and recommendations at its 1118th, 1120th and 1121st meetings (CAT/C/SR.1119, 1120 and 1121), held on 14 and 15 November 2012. A. Introduction 2. The Committee welcomes the fact that Mexico has submitted its combined fifth and sixth periodic reports in response to the list of issues prior to reporting (CAT/C/MEX/Q/56). It is grateful that the State party agreed to submit its periodic report pursuant to the new optional reporting procedure because this paves the way for closer cooperation between the State party and the Committee and for a more focused consideration of the report and dialogue with the delegation. 3. The Committee appreciates the open and constructive dialogue held with the State party’s delegation and the information provided during its consideration of the report. B. Positive aspects 4. The Committee notes with satisfaction that, since the consideration of the State party’s fourth periodic report, it has ratified the following international instruments: (a) The Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty (September 2007); (b) The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol (December 2007); (c) The International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (March 2008). 5. The Committee welcomes the fact that in May 2010 the State party made public the report on the September 2008 visit of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture to Mexico (CAT/OP/MEX/1), together with the Mexican authorities’ response to the Subcommittee’s recommendations and questions (CAT/OP/MEX/1/Add.1). GE.12-48654 (E) 201212 241212

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