UNITED
NATIONS

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

Distr.
GENERAL
CAT/C/SWE/CO/5
4 June 2008
Original: ENGLISH

COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE
40th session
28 April-16 May 2008

CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS SUBMITTED BY STATES PARTIES
UNDER ARTICLE 19 OF THE CONVENTION
Concluding observations of the Committee against Torture
SWEDEN
1.
The Committee considered the fifth periodic report of Sweden (CAT/C/SWE/5) at its 811th
and 812th meetings (CAT/C/SR.811 and 812), held on 29 and 30 May 2008, and adopted, at its
827th meeting (CAT/C/SR.827), the following concluding observations.
A. Introduction
2.
The Committee welcomes the submission of the fifth periodic report of Sweden and the
information presented therein. The Committee also expresses its appreciation for the State party’s
thorough written responses to the list of issues (CAT/C/SWE/Q/5/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 19 January 2007;
(b) The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially
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