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[CDH] FIACAT and ACAT Spain written statement to the Human Rights Committee

October 2008

ACAT Spain and FIACAT, an international association in consultative status with ECOSOC, hereby submit for your scrutiny their concerns regarding the implementation by Spain of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (hereinafter referred to as the Covenant), for the list of issues to be drawn up. ACAT Spain and FIACAT have restricted their analysis to those articles which relate to their objective, namely combating torture and ill-treatment.

The Human Rights Committee considered the fourth periodic report of Spain (CCPR/C/95/Add.1) on 20 and 21 March 1996. In accordance with its obligations under the Covenant, Spain ought to have submitted its fifth periodic report on 28 April 1999 – eight years earlier.

ACAT Spain would like to highlight the failure to implement certain recommendations of the United Nations treaty bodies and Special Rapporteurs, together with the difficulty of ensuring that public officials abide by the ban on torture (in police stations, prisons and centres for juveniles).

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