UNITED
NATIONS

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

Distr.
GENERAL
CAT/C/NOR/CO/5
5 February 2008
Original: ENGLISH

COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE
Thirty-ninth session
Geneva, 5 - 23 November 2007

CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS SUBMITTED BY STATES PARTIES
UNDER ARTICLE 19 OF THE CONVENTION
Conclusions and recommendations of the Committee against Torture
NORWAY
1.
The Committee considered the fifth periodic report of Norway (CAT/C/81/Add.4) at its
791st and 794th meetings, held on 12 and 13 November 2007 (CAT/C/SR.791 and
CAT/C/SR.794), and adopted, at its 804th meeting on 20 November 2007 (CAT/C/SR.804), the
following conclusions and recommendations.
A. Introduction
2.
The Committee welcomes the submission of the State party’s fifth periodic report, which
was prepared in accordance with the Committee’s guidelines and submitted on time. The
Committee commends the comprehensive written responses provided to the list of issues
(CAT/C/NOR/Q/5/Add.1) and appreciates the fruitful and constructive dialogue with the State
party’s multi-sectoral delegation.
B. Positive aspects
3.
The Committee commends the State party for its compliance with its obligations under
the Convention and for its ongoing efforts to prevent and eliminate any acts or conduct contrary
to its provisions. In particular, the Committee notes with satisfaction:
a)
The incorporation of a new provision in the Penal Code that prohibits and
penalizes torture, in conformity with article 1 of the Convention;
b)
The adoption of an amendment to the Criminal Procedure Act to reduce the
overall use of pre-trial solitary confinement and to strengthen its judicial supervision, as well as
the abolition of solitary confinement as a sanction, in accordance with the new Act on Execution
of Sentences and its implementing regulations;
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