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

The Committee against Torture considered the initial report of Ethiopia
(CAT/C/ETH/1) at its 957th and 958th meetings (CAT/C/SR.957 and 958), held on 2 and 3
November 2010, and adopted, at its 974th and 975th meetings (CAT/C/SR.974 and 975),
the following concluding observations.


The Committee welcomes the submission of the initial report of Ethiopia which
generally follows the Committee’s guidelines for reporting. However, the Committee
regrets that the report lacks statistical and practical information on the implementation of
the provisions of the Convention and that it was submitted 14 years late, which prevented
the Committee from conducting an analysis of the implementation of the Convention in the
State party following its ratification in 1994.
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


Positive aspects
The Committee welcomes the efforts and progress made by the State party since the
downfall of the military regime in 1991, including a process of legislative reform designed
to combat torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.


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