Latin America and the Caribbean: meeting on national legislative and institutional anti-torture frameworks

Santiago, Chile - 5 to 6 April 2017

Hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Justice of Chile, the CTI, in partnership with the APT, will hold a major regional seminar on national legislative and institutional anti-torture frameworks in Santiago, Chile, on 5-6 April 2017.

The UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT) helps States to uphold the rule of law, ensure good governance and effective criminal investigation, and fight impunity. This seminar will draw on the varied practices in Latin America and the Caribbean States around criminalising, investigating and prosecuting acts of torture and other inhuman treatment, as well as around consultation processes, redress and rehabilitation for victims of torture, gender perspectives, and other institutional arrangements to prevent torture. The event will also be an opportunity for non-States parties to the UNCAT to engage with States parties on implementation of the UN Convention, as well as to discuss the inter-relationship with regional torture prevention instruments. 

The event aims to: 

  • To stimulate discussion amongst States on the adoption of comprehensive anti-torture legislation in accordance with the UNCAT and related regional instruments;
  • To discuss the elements that are needed to construct comprehensive anti-torture legislation;
  • To promote dialogue and cooperation among States in Latin America and the Caribbean on legislative and institutional frameworks for the implementation of the UNCAT and other international and regional anti-torture instruments.

The meeting will be conducted in English and Spanish with simultaneous interpretation and under the Chatham House Rule of non-attribution to foster open and frank dialogue.

The event is by invitation only, with participants being senior officials from selected from Latin American and Caribbean States, according to geographic and linguistic considerations, as well as a mix between States that have enacted anti-torture legislation or constitutional guarantees, States with draft anti-torture legislation, and States without any anti-torture legislation.