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Concluding Observations, CAT/C/PRT/CO/4, 19 February 2008: Portugal

17. The Committee notes that article 240 of the new Penal Code, concerning non-discrimination, now covers not only discrimination based on race, colour, ethnic or national origin and religion, but also discrimination based on sex and sexual orientation. It is nonetheless concerned by reports of numerous acts of violence of a discriminatory nature directed against […]

General Comment No. 2: Implementation of article 2 by States Parties, CAT/C/GC/2, 24 January 2008

21. The protection of certain minority or marginalized individuals or populations especially at risk of torture is a part of the obligation to prevent torture or ill-treatment. States parties must ensure that, insofar as the obligations arising under the Convention are concerned, their laws are in practice applied to all persons, regardless of race, colour, […]

Concluding Observations: Poland, CAT/C/POL/CO/4, 25 July 2007

20. The Committee notes with concern reports of intolerance and hatred towards minorities and other vulnerable groups in Poland, including alleged recent manifestations of hate speech and intolerance against homosexuals and lesbians. (art. 16) The State party should incorporate in its Penal Code an offence to punish hate crimes as acts of intolerance and incitation […]

Concluding Observations: Italy, CAT/C/ITA/CO/4, 16 July 2007

23. While noting various measures taken by the State party, including the survey issued on 21 February 2007 by the National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) on the issue of physical and sexual violence against women and the establishment on 8 March 2006 of an ad hoc toll-free Number 1522, called “Anti-violence against Women (Anti-violenza Donna)”, […]

Concluding Observations: United States of America, CAT/C/USA/CO/2, July 25, 2006

32. The Committee is concerned at reliable reports of sexual assault of sentenced detainees, as well as persons in pretrial or immigration detention, in places of detention in the State party. The Committee is concerned that there are numerous reports of sexual violence perpetrated by detainees on one another, and that persons of differing sexual […]

Concluding Observations: Ecuador, CAT/C/ECU/CO/3, February 8, 2006

17. The Committee is concerned about allegations of torture and ill-treatment of members of vulnerable groups, especially indigenous communities, sexual minorities and women, even though these groups are protected by domestic law. These allegations, which also concern the treatment of human rights defenders and domestic violence, have not been adequately investigated (arts. 2 and 12). […]