United Nations

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

Distr.: General
27 June 2012
Original: English

Committee against Torture
Forty-eighth session
7 May–1 June 2012

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 combined fifth and sixth periodic
report of Greece (CAT/C/GRC/5-6) at its 1062nd and 1065th meetings (CAT/C/SR.1062
and SR.1065), held on 9 and 10 May 2012. At its 1084th and 1085th meetings
(CAT/C/SR.1084 and SR.1085), held on 25 May 2012, it adopted the following concluding



The Committee welcomes the submission by Greece of its combined fifth and sixth
periodic reports in response to the list of issues prior to the submission of reports
(CAT/C/GRC/Q/5-6). The Committee expresses its appreciation to the State party for
accepting the optional reporting procedure and to have submitted its periodic report under
it, as it improves the cooperation between the State party and the Committee and focuses
the examination of the report as well as the dialogue with the delegation.
The Committee also appreciates the open and constructive dialogue it had with the
high-level delegation of the State party and the supplementary information supplied during
its consideration of the report although it regrets that some of its questions to the State party
were not answered. The Committee is assured that the dialogue and ensuing
recommendations will contribute to the necessary steps by the State party to comply with
the Convention in practice.

Positive aspects

The Committee notes with satisfaction that the State party has ratified or acceded to
the following international instruments since the consideration of its fourth periodic report:
The United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime as
well as the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially
Women and Children, supplementing the Convention (Palermo Protocol), in January 2011;


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