At its 68th session on 20-21 November 2019, the United Nations Committee against Torture (UN CAT) will examine the periodic report by Latvia on the implementation of the United Nations 1984 Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment in Latvia during the period from 2014 to 2016 (Report). The Latvian delegation will be headed by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Andris Pelšs.
The Report was approved at the Cabinet on 13 February 2018 and it was submitted to the UN CAT on 8 June 2018.
In its Report, Latvia has provided replies to the list of issues transmitted by the Committee prior to the submission and concerning the eradication of torture in Latvia, including access to legal assistance after detention, pre-trial detention, disproportionate use of force by officers, domestic violence, trafficking in human beings, asylum seeker situations, imprisonment conditions, inter-prisoner violence, and persons with disabilities.
The Latvian delegation includes representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Welfare, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Health, as well as the Internal Security Bureau the Prison Administration and the State Police.
In addition, the Ombudsman of the Republic of Latvia has submitted an alternative report to the Committee concerning information contained in the Report and the situation in Latvia in the field of eradication of torture.
The Report and the alternative report from the Ombudsman are available on the website of the UN Committee, and it is also possible to follow the examination procedure “live” online at http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/