United Nations

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

Distr.: General
20 January 2011
Original: English

Committee against Torture
Forty-fifth session
1–19 November 2010

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 third periodic report of Turkey
(CAT/C/TUR/3) at its 959th and 960th meetings, held on 3 and 4 November 2010
(CAT/C/SR.959 and 960), and adopted the following concluding observations and
recommendations at its 975th meeting (CAT/C/SR.975).


The Committee welcomes the submission of the third periodic report of Turkey but
regrets that it was submitted four years late, which hinders the Committee from ongoing
analysis of the implementation of the Convention.
The Committee also welcomes that the report was submitted in accordance with the
new optional reporting procedure of the Committee consisting of replies by the State party
to a list of issues prepared and transmitted by the Committee. The Committee expresses its
appreciation to the State party for agreeing to report under this new procedure which
facilitates the cooperation between the State party and the Committee. The Committee
appreciates that the replies to the list of issues were submitted within the requested
deadline. The Committee welcomes the constructive dialogue conducted with the high-level
delegation and its efforts to provide explanations during the discussion of the report.


Positive aspects
The Committee welcomes that, in the period since the consideration of the second
periodic report, the State party has ratified or acceded to the following instruments:


International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, in 2003;

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