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

Basic facts about the CAT
Stages of monitoring states’ obligation with the CAT
Guidance for NGO submissions on the CAT
Useful guides & links

Basic facts about the CAT

  • The CAT is monitored by the Committee against Torture (CAT)
  • The CAT was ratified by the UK in 1988
  • The UK also ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT)
  • The OPCAT is monitored by the subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT).
  • Monitoring the CAT
    • Is now in the period of follow-up activity
    • States submit reports to the committee every four years
      • Next State party report for the UK due in May 2023
      • Last state party report by the UK was published on the 29/01/2018
      • Concluding observations published on the 07/06/2019

Stages of monitoring states’ obligation with the CAT

  • State reporting
  • ‘shadow reports’ by organisations
  • Pre-session working group
    • A list of issues and questions is created.
  • State reply and dialogue with the committee
  • Concluding observations
  • Follow-up procedure
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Guidance for NGO submissions on the CAT

Useful guides & links