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.

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Available on the OHCHR website, at: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/docs/ReportingCycle.gif
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