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;

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