United Nations

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

Distr.: General
26 June 2012
Original: English

Committee against Torture
Forty-eighth session
7 May–1 June 2012

Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under
article 19 of the Convention
Concluding observations of the Committee against Torture

The Committee considered the initial report of Rwanda (CAT/C/RWA/1) at its
1070th and 1073rd meetings (CAT/C/SR.1070 and 1073), held on 15 May 2012, and
adopted the following concluding observations at its 1090th and 1091st meetings
(CAT/C/SR.1090 and 1091), held on 31 May 2012.


The Committee welcomes the submission of the initial report of Rwanda, which
follows the Committee’s guidelines for reporting. However, the Committee regrets that the
report lacks statistical information on the implementation of the provisions of the
Convention. The Committee appreciates the frank and open dialogue with the State party’s
delegation, as well as the answers provided orally during the consideration of the report and
the additional written submissions.
The Committee also notes the progress made towards full reconciliation of the
people of Rwanda following the genocide that occurred in 1994, as well as efforts
undertaken to provide justice to victims of the genocide and to build a State based on the
rule of law.


Positive aspects
The Committee welcomes the State party’s ratification of or accession to the
following international instruments:
The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political
Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty, on 15 December 2008;
The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of
Discrimination against Women, on 15 December 2008;


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