43. The second periodic report of Cyprus was received in timely fashion and complied with the general guidelines for periodic reports (CAT/C/14) adopted by the Committee.
44. The oral presentation by the delegation complemented the written report, informing the Committee of the most recent developments in Cyprus. The ensuing discussion was open and fruitful.
2. Positive aspects
45. The Committee endorses the conclusions it found in this respect at the time of its consideration of the initial report and welcomes the legislative initiatives concerning mental health, the proposed creation of a National Institution for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and reform of the law of evidence.
46. Moreover, the Committee acknowledges the activities of the Ombudsman and the response of the Council of Ministers to established cases of police violence.
47. The Committee especially welcomes the way in which the Convention has been incorporated into the domestic law of Cyprus, in particular the Convention definition of “torture” itself.
3. Factors and difficulties impeding the application of the provisions of the Convention
48. As stated in the Committee’s views on the initial report, there appears to be no structural impediment to the implementation of the Convention in Cyprus.
4. Subjects of concern
49. A few cases of casual violence by police officers continue to be reported, emphasizing the continuous need for programmes of education and vigorous legal response to such instances.
50. The fact that a victim is unable or unwilling to give evidence should not be a reason for non-prosecution where the case can otherwise be made.
51. The legal and administrative constructs in Cyprus are excellent; in implementing them the Committee advocates a strong programme of re-education directed to field law enforcement