In the 19th meeting of the parties to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, convened to fill the vacant positions on the Committee against Torture (CAT), the candidate from the Republic of Moldova, Ana Racu, was selected in the first round of voting with the highest number of endorsements, 89 votes.
In the race for the 5 vacant positions on the CAT, candidates from 16 states competed: France, Chile, Mexico, Denmark, Senegal, Turkey, Algeria, Republic of Moldova, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Benin, Slovakia, Mauritius, Azerbaijan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Madagascar.
The re-election of Mrs. Ana Racu to the CAT represents international recognition and appreciation of her expertise and experience in the field of combating and preventing torture, as well as her strong commitment to promoting and respecting human rights.
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This success was made possible thanks to the considerable efforts of our diplomatic missions at the United Nations, both in New York and Geneva, as well as the significant contribution of our fellow diplomats from the Multilateral Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration. Congratulations to Mrs. Racu, and gratitude to the entire team for their dedication and outstanding work.
Note: The Committee against Torture (CAT) is a body consisting of 10 independent experts elected for a 4-year term, responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment by the parties. The Committee works to hold states accountable for human rights violations, systematically investigating acts of torture to stop and prevent this crime.