Palestine’s First Vote to Elect Committee Against Torture at UN Geneva

GENEVA, October 8, 2015 (WAFA) – The state of Palestine Thursday participated in the Committee Against Torture’s (CAT) session held in Geneva and elected for the first time the committee’s five new members.

After joining the Convention against Torture in 2014, the Palestinian mission represented Palestine as a full member in this international body.

PA ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Ibrahim Khreishi cast his vote to select the five new members of the CAT, which is the body of 10 independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment by its State parties.

According to the CAT, “All States parties are obliged to submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights are being implemented.”

“States must report initially one year after acceding to the Convention and then every four years. The Committee examines each report and addresses its concerns and recommendations to the State party in the form of ‘concluding observations’.

The CAT meets in Geneva and normally holds two sessions per year consisting of a four week session in April/May and another four week session in November.