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Paraguay: CAT Concluding Observations of 2011

last updated Nov 29, 2011

The UN Committee against Torture (CAT) has welcomed in its Concluding Observations of 2011 the accession of Paraguay to a number of international instruments such as the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the Optional Protocol on the Abolition of the Death Penalty and the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. It also noted with satisfaction that the country has made efforts to implement previous recommendations of the Committee.

However, the Committee also raised concern over detainee’s rights in practice such as the right to access legal counsel, have an independent medical examination and to inform relatives of the arrest. According to the Committee’s findings the maximum period of preventive detention has often not been respected.

The Committee recommends Paraguay to take all steps necessary to comply with the absolute prohibition of torture and to accelerate the implementation of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) which is supported by the Atlas of Torture Project of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in Vienna.
Paraguay should also take steps to guarantee the rights of detainees, to ensure that any evidence obtained under torture was inadmissible and to eradicate any corruption in the police and prison system.

CAT (2011) Concluding Observations (in Spanish)


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