UNITED
NATIONS

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

Distr.
GENERAL
CAT/C/LVA/CO/2
19 February 2008
Original: ENGLISH

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
LATVIA
1.
The Committee considered the second periodic report of Latvia (CAT/C/38/Add.4) at its
788th and 790th meetings (CAT/C/SR.788 and 790), held on 8 and 9 November 2007, and
adopted, at its 805th and 806th meetings (CAT/C/SR.805 and 806), the following conclusions
and recommendations.
A. Introduction
2.
The Committee welcomes the submission of the second periodic report of Latvia and the
information presented therein, and expresses its appreciation for the replies by the State party to
the follow-up procedure of the Committee. The Committee also expresses its appreciation for
the State party’s thorough written responses to the list of issues (CAT/C/LVA/Q/2/Add.1), which
provided additional information on the legislative, administrative, judicial and other measures
taken by the State party in order to prevent acts of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading
treatment or punishment. Furthermore, the Committee notes with satisfaction the constructive
efforts made by the multi-sectoral State party delegation to provide additional information and
explanation during the dialogue.
B. Positive aspects
3.
The Committee notes with appreciation that in the period since the consideration of the
last periodic report, the State party has acceded to or ratified a number of international
instruments, including:
a)
The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of
children, child prostitution and child pornography, on 22 February 2006;
b)
The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the
involvement of children in armed conflict, on 19 December 2005;
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