Latvia's First Periodic Report under CAT Examined
Friday, November 21, 2003 11:55 AM

Latvia's First Periodic Report under the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) was examined by the Committee against Torture at its 31st session from 10 November 2003 to 21 November 2003. In its concluding observations, the Committee welcomed, among several initiatives, the 1995 establishment of the National Human Rights Office, and several new laws, including a draft amnesty law that would release or reduce prison sentences for certain groups, such as pregnant women and women with infant children. The Committee expressed concern over prison conditions, reports of ill-treatment by police, and other rights related to detention and asylum.

Latvia acceded to CAT on 14 May 1992.