Canada: Follow-up Procedure to the Forty-Eighth Session of the Committee Against Torture
Amnesty International welcomed the June 2012 Concluding Observations of the Committee against Torture (“the Committee”) following its examination of Canada’s sixth periodic report.1
We submit this follow-up briefing to assist the Committee in identifying ongoing areas of concern related to the priorities for follow-up.
Amnesty International is deeply concerned about Canada’s lack of progress in implementing the 2012 recommendations of the Committee. With the exception of Omar Khadr’s return from
the US Naval base in Guantánamo Bay in September 2012, following the Canadian authorities’ long-delayed approval of his transfer, the recommendations presented in Paragraphs 12, 13, 16 and 17 of the Committee’s Concluding Observations remain unimplemented. We have also commented on the recommendation in Paragraph 25 with respect to ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention.
Additionally, although not detailed in this letter, Amnesty International reiterates that it has serious and pressing concerns about the lack of progress in implementing the other recommendations presented by the Committee, but which were not identified as priorities for follow-up.