Committee Against Torture
Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT
Convention) is the principal universal reference for
the eradication of torture. It provides authoritative mechanisms to monitor its
effective implementation through the Committee
against Torture (CAT Committee). One
of the mechanisms is the State
reporting process, an important tool to review
compliance with the Convention and to generate political will by offering technical guidance towards
domestic anti-torture reforms.
The effectiveness of this process depends significantly on the involvement
of national and local civil society organisations (CSOs): their capacity to
inform the CAT Committee on the current implementation of the Convention in
their country and their actions towards the implementation of the Concluding
In 2014, OMCT launched an initiative to mobilise and coordinate the
activities of civil society organisations in relation to the CAT Convention and
its Committee by supporting:
We are facilitating civil society coordination,
including by building coalitions, sharing information, ensuring timely and
effective report submissions, mentoring on advocacy opportunities, and
supporting access to the CAT Committee in person.
We are expanding the CAT Committee’s reach, including by an
E-Bulletin to disseminate and summarize its findings, this Blog to share
relevant advice and experiences, a webcast and live tweet of all
sessions, and a domestic screening of sessions in select countries.
We are strengthening the capacity of civil society, including by
supporting their actions, public outreach and campaigning at the
national level, and their interaction with CAT and other UN mechanisms
at the international level.
For more information on the CAT Convention
and Committee, please refer to our FAQ.
For a compiled list of dates on the reporting cycle for State parties,
please refer to our CAT Reporting Table