A/HRC/43/49/Add.1 United Nations General Assembly Distr.: General 23 January 2020 Original: English Human Rights Council Forty-third session 24 February–20 March 2020 Agenda item 3 Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development Visit to the Comoros Report of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment*, ** Summary From 12 to 15 June 2019, the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment conducted an official visit to the Comoros. Regrettably, the Special Rapporteur was obliged to suspend his visit halfway through, as full access was obstructed to places of detention and the modalities did not comply with the terms of reference of the mandate. The Special Rapporteur submitted a report, despite suspending the visit, due to the urgent need for reforms and investment. While visits to places of detention were cut short, the information collected by the Special Rapporteur and what he was able to observe support his findings that the conditions in places of detention amounted to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. There were also credible indicators that some law enforcement officials engaged in practices that amount to torture and ill-treatment in the context of policing during demonstrations, upon arrest and during interrogation. * Agreement was reached to publish the present report after the standard publication date owing to circumstances beyond the submitter’s control. ** The summary of the report is being circulated in all official languages. The report itself, which is annexed to the summary, is being circulated in the language of submission and French only. GE.20-01012(E) 

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