United Nations

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

Distr.: General
17 December 2009
Original: English

Committee against Torture
Forty-third session
Geneva, 2–20 November 2009

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

The Committee against Torture considered the second periodic report of Yemen
(CAT/C/YEM/2) at its 898th meeting (CAT/C/SR.898), held on 3 November 2009, and
adopted, at its 917th meeting (CAT/C/SR.917), the provisional concluding observations as
set out below.


The Committee welcomes the submission of the second periodic report of Yemen,
which, while generally following the Committee’s guidelines for reporting, lacks statistical
and practical information on the implementation of the provisions of the Convention and
relevant domestic legislation. The Committee also regrets the delay in the submission of the
report, and that the State party has not submitted written responses to its list of issues
(CAT/C/YEM/Q/2), nor has it responded to the letter of 21 April 2006, in which the
Committee Rapporteur on follow-up to the concluding observations requested further
information on Yemen (CAT/C/CR/31/4 and Add.1).
The Committee regrets the absence of a delegation from the State party able to enter
into a dialogue with it, and notes that, owing to the absence of representatives from the
State party, the examination of the report took place in accordance with rule 66, paragraph
2 (b) of its rules of procedure. The Committee invites the State party to submit written
responses and comments to the present provisional concluding observations and urges the
State party, in the future, to comply fully with its obligations under article 19 of the

GE.09-46826 (E)


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