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UN Committee Against Torture To Review Belgium


GENEVA (8 July 2021) — The UN Committee
Against Torture
(CAT) will hold its upcoming session
from 12 to 30 July 2021 during which it will review
Belgium.

The Committee, which has received the country
report from Belgium, and submissions from non-governmental
organisations as well as other stakeholders, will discuss
five priority themes with the State delegation.

These
are prevention and investigation of police violence; prison
conditions, overpopulation in detention facilities and
deaths in custody; investigation practices in anti-terrorism
operations; principle and implementation of non-refoulement
to ensure no one is returned to a country where they would
face torture, cruel or inhuman treatment and punishment;
repatriation of Belgian families from Syria and other
conflict zones.

The public dialogue with Belgium will
be held online and livecast on UN web TV on
15 and 16 July from 12:30 to 14:30 Geneva
time
.

After reviewing Belgium, the Committee
will then focus on the consideration of 25 complaints
submitted by individuals alleging violation of rights in
nine countries.

More information about the CAT’s
upcoming review of Belgium, including reports submitted by
the State party, non-governmental organizations and other
stakeholders, is now available online.

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