Canada ratified the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment in 1987. Since then Canada has reported to UN Committee against Torture (CAT) a number of times on its progress implementing the Convention. Following a review of Canada’s periodic reports, the committee delivers “Concluding Observations” with recommendations on how Canada can better fulfill its obligations under the Convention. Civil society organizations are invited to participate in these reviews by consulting with the government, submitting parallel reports, and even attending the Committee meetings in Geneva.
Canada underwent its last review by the CAT in 2012.
CFUW’s involvement has focused on our 2011 adopted policy on Non-State Actor Torture and its impact on women and girls:
- Shadow report to the Committee Against Torture (2012)
- Advocacy report from the Committee Against Torture in Geneva (2012)
Reference Documents, including Canada’s reports can be found on the Government of Canada website: