Committee Against Torture [CAT] Law and Legal Definition

The Committee against Torture (CAT) is the body of 10 independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment by its State parties.

CAT examines the report submitted by their member states and addresses their concerns and recommendations to the state party in the form of concluding observations. CAT shall also receive from individuals complaints and communications about violation of rights guaranteed under the Convention. Upon receiving a complaint CAT will conduct an inquiry on such complaints.