United Nations

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

Distr.: General
4 May 2010
Original: Spanish

Committee against Torture
Forty-third session
Geneva, 2–20 November 2009

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 fourth periodic report of Colombia
(CAT/C/COL/4) at its 908th and 911th meetings (CAT/C/SR.908 and 911), held on 10 and
11 November 2009, and adopted, at its 925th meeting (CAT/C/SR.925), the following
concluding observations.


The Committee welcomes the fourth periodic report of Colombia, appreciates the
sincere and open dialogue with the delegation of the State party and is grateful for the
written replies to the list of issues (CAT/C/COL/Q/4/Add.1), which facilitated the
discussions between the delegation and members of the Committee. The Committee also
expresses its gratitude for the information supplied to the Committee in 2006
(CAT/C/COL/CO/3/Add.1) and in 2007 (CAT/C/COL/CO/3/Add.2) concerning the
implementation of the previous recommendations.


Positive aspects
The Committee notes with appreciation that, during the period since it considered
the third periodic report, the State party has ratified the following instruments:
Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
Discrimination against Women (ratified on 23 January 2007);
Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the
involvement of children in armed conflict (ratified on 25 May 2005);
Inter-American Convention on Forced Disappearance of Persons (ratified on
12 April 2005);

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