UNITED
NATIONS

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

Distr.
GENERAL
CAT/C/ISR/CO/4
23 June 2009
Original: ENGLISH

COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE
Forty-second session
Geneva, 27 April - 15 May 2009

CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS SUBMITTED BY STATES PARTIES
UNDER ARTICLE 19 OF THE CONVENTION
Concluding observations of the Committee against Torture
ISRAEL
1.
The Committee considered the fourth periodic report of Israel (CAT/C/ISR/4) at its 878th
and 881st meetings (CAT/C/SR.878 and 881), held on 5 and 6 May 2009, and adopted, at its
893rd meeting (CAT/C/SR.893), the following concluding observations.
A.

Introduction

2.
The Committee welcomes the submission of the fourth periodic report of Israel, which is
in conformity with the Committee’s guidelines for reporting.
3.
The Committee expresses its appreciation for the extensive written responses to its list of
issues (CAT/C/ISR/Q/4 and Add.1), which provided important additional information, and for
the oral responses to the numerous questions raised and concerns expressed during the
consideration of the report. The Committee also appreciates the expert delegation of the State
party and the open and comprehensive dialogue conducted.
B.

Positive aspects

4.
The Committee welcomes that, in the period since the consideration of the last periodic
report (CAT/C/54/Add.1), the State party has ratified the following instruments:
a)
The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the
involvement of children in armed conflict;
b)
The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of
children, child prostitution and child pornography.
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