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 considered the second periodic report of Cambodia
(CAT/C/KHM/2) at its 967th and 968th meetings (CAT/C/SR.967 and 968), held on 9 and
10 November 2010, and adopted, at its 979th and 980th meetings (CAT/C/SR.979 and
980), the following concluding observations.


The Committee welcomes the submission of the second periodic report of Cambodia
but it regrets that the significant delay in its timely submission has prevented the
Committee from conducting an ongoing analysis of the implementation of the Convention
in the State party.
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 (CAT/C/KHM/Q/2) 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
The Committee also appreciates the dialogue with and the additional oral
information provided by the delegation of the State party but it regrets that some of its
questions have remained unanswered.


Positive aspects
The Committee welcomes the ratification, in March 2007, of the Optional Protocol
to the Convention, and the recent visit of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and


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