United Nations

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

Distr.: General
9 December 2009
Original: Spanish

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

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

El Salvador
The Committee considered the second periodic report of El Salvador
(CAT/C/SLV/2) at its 902nd and 904th meetings (CAT/C/SR.902 and 904), held on 5 and 6
November 2009, and adopted, at its 920th and 921st meetings (CAT/C/SR.920 and 921),
held on 18 November 2009, the following concluding observations.


The Committee welcomes the second periodic report of El Salvador, prepared in
accordance with the general directives concerning the form and content of periodic reports.
However, the Committee regrets that the report was submitted six years late. The
Committee appreciates the constructive dialogue established with the representatives of the
State party, and expresses its gratitude for the replies provided in response to the questions
and concerns raised by the Committee.


Positive aspects
The Committee notes with appreciation that, during the period since it considered
the initial report, the State party has ratified the following international instruments:
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional
Protocol (ratified on 13 December 2006 and 14 December 2007 respectively);
Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of
children, child prostitution and child pornography (ratified on 17 May 2004);
Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the
involvement of children in armed conflict (ratified on 18 April 2002).

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