Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

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Canada has ratified The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) but not the Optional Protocol to the Convention.

Adoption: The CAT was adopted and opened for signature, ratification, and accession by General Assembly (resolution 39/46) on 10 December 1984. An Optional Protocol was adopted on 18 December 2002 (resolution A/RES/57/199) and entered into force on 22 June 2006.

Entry into force: 26 June 1987.

Number of signatories and ratifications/accessions: There are 157 state parties to the Convention. An additional 81 states have signed but not ratified the Convention. There are 77 state parties to the Optional Protocol to CAT. An additional 75 states have signed but not ratified the Optional Protocol.

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