UNITED NATIONS CAT Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment Distr. GENERAL CAT/C/HND/CO/1 23 June 2009 ENGLISH Original: SPANISH COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE Forty-second session Geneva, 27 April to 15 May 2009 CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS SUBMITTED BY STATES PARTIES UNDER ARTICLE 19 OF THE CONVENTION Concluding observations of the Committee against Torture HONDURAS 1. The Committee against Torture considered the initial report of Honduras (CAT/C/HND/1) at its 880th and 882nd meetings (CAT/C/SR.880 and 882), held on 6 and 7 May 2009, and adopted, at its 893rd meeting (CAT/C/SR.893), the following conclusions and recommendations. A. Introduction 2. The Committee welcomes the submission of the initial report of Honduras and commends the State party for its frank and open assessment on the implementation of the Convention in the State party. Nevertheless, it regrets that the initial report was submitted with a 10-year delay. The Committee notes with satisfaction the constructive efforts made by the multisectoral State party delegation to provide additional information and explanations during the dialogue. B. Positive aspects 3. The Committee welcomes the ratification of the following international instruments: (a) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights on the abolition of the death penalty (18 April 2008); (b) International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (1 April 2008); GE.09-43337 (E) 200709 210709

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