United Nations

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

Distr.: General
20 January 2011
Original: English

Committee against Torture
Forty-fifth session
1-19 November 2010

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

Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Committee against Torture considered the combined second to fifth periodic
reports of Bosnia and Herzegovina (CAT/C/BIH/2-5) at its 961st and 962nd meetings, held
on 4 and 5 November 2010 (CAT/C/SR.961 and 962), and adopted the following
concluding observations at its 978th meeting (CAT/C/SR.978).


The Committee welcomes the submission of the combined second to fifth periodic
reports of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Committee also welcomes that the report was
submitted in accordance with the new optional reporting procedure of the Committee
consisting of replies by the State party to a list of issues prepared and transmitted by the
Committee. The Committee expresses its appreciation to the State party for its agreement to
report under this new procedure, which facilitates the cooperation between the State party
and the Committee.
The Committee notes with appreciation that a high-level delegation from the State
party met with the Committee during its forty-fifth session, and also notes with appreciation
the opportunity to engage in a constructive dialogue covering many areas under the
The Committee notes that the State party consists of two entities, but recalls that
Bosnia and Herzegovina is a single State under international law and has the obligation to
implement the Convention in full at the domestic level.


Positive aspects
The Committee welcomes that since the consideration of the initial periodic report,
the State party has ratified the following international and regional instruments:


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