Convention against Torture
and Other Cruel, Inhuman
or Degrading Treatment
23 December 2002
COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE
11-22 November 2002
CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS SUBMITTED BY STATES PARTIES
UNDER ARTICLE 19 OF THE CONVENTION
Conclusions and recommendations of the Committee against Torture
The Committee considered the initial report of Estonia (CAT/C/16/Add.9) at its 534th,
537th and 545th meetings, held on 14, 15 and 21 November 2002 (CAT/C/SR.534, 537
and 545), and adopted the following conclusions and recommendations.
The Committee welcomes the initial report of Estonia, but regrets that the report, due
on 19 November 1992, was submitted with more than eight years’ delay. It notes, however, that
the report includes material up to 2001. The Committee acknowledges, in this regard, the
difficulties encountered by the State party during its political and economic transition and hopes
that in the future it will comply fully with its obligations under article 19 of the Convention.
The report, which contains information mainly on legal provisions and fails to address in
detail the practical implementation of the Convention and the difficulties encountered in this
regard, does not comply fully with the reporting guidelines of the Committee. However, the
Committee acknowledges the extensive responses to its questions received from the delegation.
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