COPCAT Shorts: Open Up OPCAT Process – UN Committee against Torture

Open UpThe Committee appreciates the information provided by the delegation regarding the consultations held with territorial and provincial Governments and within the federal Government in the framework of the review process of the potential accession of Canada to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. It also welcomes the assurances of the delegation that civil society and Indigenous groups will be consulted as soon the federal, provincial and territorial government consultations are finished, but remains concerned that no fixed time frame was specified for the completion of the overall process (arts. 2, 11 and 16).

The State Party should:

Complete the process towards accession to the Optional Protocol to the Convention, while introducing mechanisms to ensure the participation of civil society, Indigenous groups and other stakeholders in the entire process.

UN Committee against Torture, Concluding observations on Canada’s 7th periodic report, issued 7 December 2018 (§20-21).


See the full Concluding observations on Canada in English.

Read an overview of the UNCAT session on Canada.

Learn more about the UNCAT’s focus on the OPCAT during the session.

Examine again Canada’s publicly stated commitment to future transparency on the OPCAT process.

In the coming days the Canada OPCAT Project will present a more in-depth analysis of Canada’s overall examination by the UN Committee against Torture and possible next steps in relation to the OPCAT.