APT General Guidelines Alternative reporting to the Committee against Torture January 2013 Cycle demonstrating the standard procedure of the reporting cycle 1 Optional reporting procedure In the optional procedure, which may replace the standard procedure if the State Party so desires, the CAT will transmit a List of Issues Prior to Reporting (LOIPR) to the State Party one and a half year before the State’s report is due. The State’s response to the LOIPRs is sufficient to fulfil its reporting obligation to the Committee under Article 19. As in the standard procedure described above, the Committee will discuss these issues during a dialogue in the CAT session, adopt concluding observations with recommendations, and follow-up their recommendations within a year. In this case, NGOs will have similar opportunities to submit alternative reports. 1 Available on the OHCHR website, at: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/docs/ReportingCycle.gif 2

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