United Nations

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

Distr.: General
29 June 2011
Original: English

Committee against Torture
Forty-sixth session
9 May – 3 June 2011

Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under
article 19 of the Convention
Concluding observations of the Committee against Torture

The Committee against Torture considered the fifth and sixth combined periodic
reports of Finland (CAT/C/FIN/5-6) at its 996th and 999th meetings, held on 18 and 19
May 2011 (CAT/C/SR.996 and 999), and adopted the following concluding observations at
its 1011th and 1012th meetings on 27 and 30 May 2011 (CAT/C/SR.1011 and


The Committee welcomes the timely submission of the fifth and sixth combined
periodic reports of Finland submitted in accordance with the optional reporting procedure
of the Committee consisting of replies by the State party to the list of issues
(CAT/C/FIN/Q/5-6) submitted by the Committee. The Committee expresses its
appreciation to the State party for agreeing to report under this new procedure which
facilitates the cooperation between the State party and the Committee. The Committee
appreciates that the replies to the list of issues were submitted within the requested
The Committee also appreciated the open and constructive dialogue with the State
party’s high-level multisectoral delegation, as well as the additional information and
explanations provided by the delegation to the Committee. The Committee thanks the
delegation for its clear, straightforward and detailed answers to the questions raised by
Committee members.


Positive aspects
The Committee notes with satisfaction that, since the consideration of the fourth
periodic report of the State party, the latter has acceded to the following international


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