United Nations

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

Distr.: General
11 December 2012
Original: English

Committee against Torture

Concluding observations on the fifth periodic report of the
Russian Federation, adopted by the Committee at its fortyninth session (29 October-23 November 2012)
The Committee against Torture considered the fifth periodic report of the Russian
Federation (CAT/C/RUS/5) at its 1112th and 1115th meetings, held on 9 and 12 November
2012 (CAT/C/SR.1112 and CAT/C/SR.1115), and adopted the following concluding
observations at its 1130th meeting, held on 22 November 2012 (CAT/C/SR.1130).


The Committee welcomes the submission of the fifth periodic report of the Russian
Federation, in response to the list of issues prior to reporting (CAT/C/RUS/Q/5). The
Committee expresses its appreciation to the State party for accepting the optional reporting
procedure and for submitting its periodic report under this, which improves the cooperation
between the State party and the Committee and focuses the examination of the report as
well as the dialogue with the delegation.
The Committee also appreciates the open dialogue it had with the State party’s highlevel delegation and the additional information supplied during the consideration of the
report, but regrets that some of its questions remained unanswered.


Positive aspects
The Committee welcomes the fact that, since the consideration of the fourth periodic
report, the State party has ratified or acceded to the following international and regional
The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on
children in armed conflict, in 2008;

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in 2012;

Protocol No. 14 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and
Fundamental Freedoms (European Convention on Human Rights), which resulted in the
entry into force of the Protocol in 2010;
The United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and
the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women
and Children, supplementing the Convention, in 2004.

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