History

Marking the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention against Torture, the CTI was launched at a high level event during the 25th session of the Human Rights Council.

The adoption of the UN Convention against Torture (UNCAT), in 1984, was a landmark in the global fight against torture and ill-treatment. The Convention underlines a fundamental principle: Torture is never, under any circumstances, justified.

The Governments of Chile, Denmark, Ghana, Indonesia and Morocco decided in late 2013 to appeal to fellow United Nations Member States that a better job can and must be done to protect all persons from torture and ill-treatment - in all parts of the world. To do so would require new thinking, constructive collaboration and shared responsibilities.

Based on this vision and marking the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the UNCAT, the Foreign Ministers of Chile, Denmark, Ghana, Indonesia and Morocco launched the Convention against Torture Initiative - the CTI - on 3 March 2014 at a high level meeting during the 25th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The CTI is an innovative joint collaboration between states for states focusing on making the UNCAT universally ratified and better implemented by 2024.

The CTI is a long term engagement to help states to overcome obstacles in ratification and implementation of the Convention. Through strong partnerships and inter-state cooperation, the CTI will, over the next decade, provide coordinated and sustained support through legal and technical advice and assistance. More on CTI objectives and its principled framework here

Upon the launch, an op-ed was issued in Swiss newspaper Le Temps by the five Ministers for Foreign Affairs (for the English version click here).

Click here for former High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay's statement at the launch on 3 March 2014.