United Nations

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

Distr.: General
25 June 2012
Original: Spanish

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 against Torture considered the second periodic report of Cuba
(CAT/C/CUB/2) at its 1078th and 1081st meetings (CAT/C/SR.1078 and
CAT/C/SR.1081), held on 22 and 23 May 2012, and adopted the following conclusions and
recommendations at its 1089th and 1090th meetings (CAT/C/SR.1089 and


The Committee welcomes the second periodic report of Cuba and expresses
appreciation for the opportunity to renew constructive dialogue with the State party.
However, it notes that the periodic report, which was submitted more than nine years late,
does not fully conform to the reporting guidelines.
The Committee appreciates the written replies to the list of issues
(CAT/C/CUB/Q/2/Add.1) as well as the supplementary information provided during
consideration of the periodic report. The Committee also appreciates the dialogue with the
delegation, but regrets that some of the questions put to the State party were not answered.


Positive aspects
The Committee notes with satisfaction that, since the initial report was considered,
the State party has ratified the following instruments:
The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the
sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography (25 September 2001);
The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the
involvement of children in armed conflict (9 February 2007);

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