United Nations

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

Distr.: General
2 January 2020
Original: French

Committee against Torture

Decision adopted by the Committee under article 22 of the
Convention, concerning communication No. 817/2017*, **
Communication submitted by:

Ali Aarrass (represented by counsel, Dounia
Alamat and Christophe Marchand)

Alleged victim:

The complainant

State party:


Date of complaint:

17 March 2017 (initial submission)

Document references:

Decision taken pursuant to rules 114 and 115 of
the Committee’s rules of procedure, transmitted
to the State party on 28 March 2017 (not issued
in document form)

Date of present decision:

25 November 2019

Subject matter:

Torture and ill-treatment in prison

Procedural issues:


Substantive issues:

Torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment;
solitary confinement; obligation of the State
party to conduct a prompt and impartial

Articles of the Convention:

1, 2, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 16

The complainant is Ali Aarrass, a dual national of Belgium and Morocco, born on 4
March 1962 in Farjana, Morocco. He is currently being held in the Tiflet 2 prison and
complains about the conditions of detention, including his placement in solitary
confinement, which constitutes a violation of the State party’s obligations under articles 1,
2, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 16 of the Convention. The State party ratified the Convention on 21
June 1993 and made the declaration pursuant to article 22 (1) of the Convention on 19
October 2006. The complainant is represented by counsel, Dounia Alamat and Christophe

* Adopted by the Committee at its sixty-eighth session (11 November–6 December 2019).
** The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the communication:


Felice Gaer, Abdelwahab Hani, Claude Heller Rouassant, Jens Modvig, Ana Racu, Diego RodríguezPinzón, Sébastien Touzé and Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov. Pursuant to rule 109, read in conjunction
with rule 15, of the Committee’s rules of procedure, and paragraph 10 of the guidelines on the
independence and impartiality of members of the human rights treaty bodies (the Addis Ababa
guidelines), Essadia Belmir did not participate in the examination of the communication.
Counsel has a power of attorney from the complainant.

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