Convention against Torture Initiative
In March 2014, the Governments of Chile, Denmark, Ghana, Indonesia and Morocco launched the Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI), to mark the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention against Torture. The aim of this global initiative is to have universal ratification of the Convention by 2024 – and that the risk of torture will be reduced in the world.
37 Member States of the United Nations have still not ratified the Convention against Torture. Of the 158 States that have, many still face challenges of living up to their commitments. The Convention against Torture Initiative will explore new forms of collaboration, between States, the UN and national and international NGOs and experts, to jointly find solutions to the challenges and barriers to ratification and implementation of the Convention.
The immediate objectives of the Convention against Torture Initiative are:
- To identify challenges and barriers to ratification and implementation of the UN Convention against Torture
- To address these obstacles through inter-State cooperation, assistance and dialogue.
- To mobilise legal advice and technical assistance to governments on request.
- To build a global platform of States, the UN, national and international NGOs and experts to work jointly to achieve the CTI vision.
“It has been 30 years since the adoption of the Convention. We now invite all Governments to join us over the next decade to achieve universal ratification and to put the Convention into concrete practice.”
The CTI is spearheaded by the governments of Chile, Denmark, Ghana, Indonesia, and Morocco. The APT is designated to support the development of the Initiative. A broader group of States, NGOs, individual experts from academia and others will be invited to join the CTI Group of Friends which will further support the Initiative.
CTI Group of Friends
Governments, civil society organisations and experts sharing the vision and the ambition of the CTI are invited to join the Initiative by becoming members of the CTI Group of Friends. The Group of Friends serve as a platform for exchange of knowledge, experience and ideas on how to overcome obstacles to ratification and implementation of the UNCAT.
Event during the High level segment of the UN General Assembly in New York, on 23 September 2014. The CTI was presented by foreign ministers and other high level representatives from Chile, Denmark, Ghana, Indonesia and Morocco. The panel also included Claudio Grossman, Chair of the Committee against Torture, and APT's Secretary General Mark Thomson.
Kolbassia Haoussou, co-founder and coordinator of the Survivors Speak OUT Network, was keynote speaker at a CTI side event during the Human Rights Council, marking the first anniversary of the launch of the initiative, on 3 March 2015.