UNITED NATIONS CAT Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment Distr. GENERAL CAT/C/NZL/CO/5 4 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 NEW ZEALAND 1. The Committee considered the fifth periodic report of New Zealand (CAT/C/NLZ/5) at its 875th and 876th meetings (CAT/C/SR.875 and 876) held on 1 and 4 May 2009, and adopted, at its 892nd meeting (CAT/C/SR.892), the following concluding observations. A. Introduction 2. The Committee welcomes the submission of the fifth periodic report of New Zealand as well as the replies to the list of issues which provided additional information on the legislative, administrative, judicial and other measures taken by the State party to implement the Convention. The Committee also welcomes the constructive dialogue held with a competent and multi-sectoral delegation. B. 3. Positive aspects The Committee notes with appreciation: (a) The ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention, on 14 March 2007, and the establishment of National Preventive Mechanisms coordinated by the New Zealand Human Rights Commission; (b) The ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 25 September 2008; (c) The accession to the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness on 20 September 2006; (d) The ratification of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court on 7 September 2000; GE.09-42766

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