Committee Against Torture: Pakistan

CAT session 060 (2017)

([May 2017], CAT/C/PAK/CO/1, Concluding observations on initial report, Advance unedited version, paras. 31, 38 and 39)

“The Committee urges the State party to: …

(c) Further strengthen its efforts to invalidate and ensure that State officials do not recognize or carry out judgments of parallel justice mechanisms or ‘alternative dispute resolution mechanisms’, such as panchayats or jirgas, that exculpate perpetrators of crimes committed in the name of ‘honour’, that call for women to be subject to corporal punishment, or that are otherwise inconsistent with the State party’s obligations under the Convention”

“While taking note of the information provided by the delegation of the State party that they are not implemented in practice, the Committee is concerned that provisions in the State party’s laws allow for the imposition of corporal punishment including whipping, amputation and stoning (art. 16).

“The State party should take the necessary legislative measures to eradicate and explicitly prohibit all forms of corporal punishment in all settings, as they amount to torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, in violation of the Convention.”

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