Committee Against Torture, session 28 (2002)

Recommendations/observations on corporal punishment in the Committee Against Torture's concluding observations to states examined in session 28 (29 April - 17 May 2002)

Saudi Arabia

(12 June 2002, CAT/C/CR/28/5, Concluding observations on initial report, paras. 3, 4 and 8)

"The Committee welcomes the following:

c) the State party’s expression that its domestic law provides that no exceptional circumstances, including superior orders, may be invoked as a defence to a charge of torture, the reassurance that statements obtained by torture are inadmissible in proceedings, and the oral assurance that confessions are revocable at any point of proceedings. The State party’s reassurance that corporal punishments are not imposed upon minors was noted;…

"The Committee is concerned about the following:

b) the sentencing to, and imposition of, corporal punishments by judicial and administrative authorities, including, in particular, flogging and amputation of limbs, that are not in conformity with the Convention.

"The Committee recommends, in particular, that the State party:

b)  re-examine its imposition of corporal punishments, which are in breach of the Convention…."

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