COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE
4 - 22 May 1998
Concluding observations of the Committee against Torture
Committee considered the initial report of Kuwait (CAT/C/37/Add.1)
at its 334th and 335th meetings, on 13 May 1998 (CAT/C/SR.334 and
335), and adopted the following conclusions and recommendations.
acceded to the Convention against Torture on 8 March 1996 and its
initial report was due on 7 March 1997. The report was received in
timely fashion on 15 October 1997.
report accords generally with the guidelines for such reports.
2. Positive aspects
seems to have in place the necessary legal institutions to combat
has confronted incidents of torture and prosecuted those responsible.
Committee views as a positive step the setting up of a government-funded
Torture Victims' Rehabilitation Centre in Kuwait.
and difficulties impeding the application of the provisions of the
Committee is not aware of any factors that might impede the application
of the provisions of the Convention.
4. Subjects of concern
Committee is concerned that there is no defined crime of torture in
Committee recommends that Kuwait consider withdrawing its reservations
to the Committee's article 20 jurisdiction.
Committee also recommends that Kuwait consider declaring in favour
of articles 21 and 22 of the Convention.
Committee further recommends that Kuwait consider enacting in its
Criminal Code a defined crime of torture or, if the Convention applies
by incorporation, an independent crime of torture.
Committee looks forward to the additional explanations to be provided
to it in writing as promised.