UNITED
NATIONS

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

Distr.
GENERAL
CAT/C/PRT/CO/4
19 February 2008
ENGLISH
Original: FRENCH

COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE
Thirty-ninth session
Geneva, 5-23 November 2007
CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS SUBMITTED BY STATES PARTIES
UNDER ARTICLE 19 OF THE CONVENTION
Conclusions and recommendations of the Committee against Torture
PORTUGAL
1.
The Committee considered the fourth periodic report of Portugal (CAT/C/67/Add.6) at
its 795th and 798th meetings, held on 14 and 15 November 2007 (CAT/C/SR.795 and 798), and
adopted at its 805th meeting on 21 November 2007 (CAT/C/SR.805) the following conclusions
and recommendations.
A. Introduction
2.
The Committee welcomes the fourth periodic report of Portugal, the exhaustive written
replies to the list of issues and the extremely detailed additional oral replies given during the
consideration of the report. Lastly, the Committee welcomes the constructive dialogue with the
high-level delegation sent by the State party and thanks it for the frank and precise replies to the
questions raised (CAT/C/PRT/Q/4/Add.1).
B. Positive aspects
3.
The Committee commends the State party on its progress in the protection and promotion
of human rights since the consideration in 2000 of the third periodic report (CAT/C/44/Add.7).
4.

The Committee welcomes the entry into force of the following legislation:

(a) Act No. 23/2007 of 4 July 2007, according to which foreign nationals may not be
deported to a country where they would be in danger of being subjected to torture or other cruel,
inhuman or degrading treatment;

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