United Nations

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

Distr.: General
17 June 2011
Original: English

Committee against Torture
Forty-sixth session
9 May - 3 June 2011

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 Ireland
(CAT/C/IRL/1), at its 1002nd and 1005th meetings (CAT/C/SR.1002 and 1005), held on 23
and 24 May 2011. At its 1016th meeting (CAT/C/SR.1016), held on 1 June 2011, it adopted
the following concluding observations.


The Committee welcomes the submission of the initial report by the State party but
regrets that it was submitted after a delay of eight years, which has prevented the Committee
from monitoring the implementation of the Convention in the State party. The Committee
also notes that the State party report generally followed the guidelines but that it lacked
specific information on the implementation of the Convention.
The Committee notes with appreciation that a high-level delegation from the State
party met with the Committee during its forty-sixth session, and also notes with appreciation
the opportunity it had to engage in a constructive dialogue covering many areas under the
Convention. The Committee also commends the State party for the detailed written replies
that it provided during the consideration of the State party report.


Positive aspects
The Committee welcomes the ratification by the State party of the following
international and regional instruments:

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, on 8 December 1989;

International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial
Discrimination, on 29 December 2000;

Convention on the Rights of the Child, on 28 September 1992;

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