Caribbean non-States parties to meet on UNCAT ratification in 2017

Santiago, Chile - 7 April 2017

The CTI will hold a closed session with invited Caribbean States that are not yet party to the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT), in April 2017.

The aim of the meeting is to share and discuss the benefits of and challenges facing Caribbean non-States parties, and to find ways to resolve them. At present, there are 10 non-States parties in the Caribbean region, representing nearly 30% of the global total of 35 non-States parties. Given the fact that many Caribbean countries have expressed interest in ratifying the Convention, for example during their recent Universal Periodic Reviews, this will be an opportunity for the CTI core States to learn further about some of the existing good practices in the region, and to offer its advice and support to Caribbean States on next steps towards ratification.

In 2016, the CTI worked closely with a number of Caribbean States, and hopes to reach more interested States, in 2017. The CTI was very pleased to have visited Grenada and Saint Lucia in July, after which Grenada joined the CTI Group of Friends and undertook a study visit to Geneva. In October, CTI and OHCHR co-organised a national consultation on UNCAT ratification in Suriname in October.