CTI Visits

It is important that states considering ratifying and implementing the Convention can have free and frank discussions with experts who can guide them through the Convention obligations and how these can be implemented on the ground. CTI can arrange both for state delegations to visit a range of experts in Geneva and for experts to travel to states to provide advice and support on specific issues. 

 

CTI study visits

The CTI can arrange for state delegations to visit Geneva to learn more about what being a state party to the UNCAT entails. This is done through a mix of:

  • Expert seminars on the Convention tailored to the needs of the state delegation
  • Meetings with senior UN figures, including members of the Committee against Torture, who can explain the benefits of ratification both to individual states and the international community 
  • Briefing sessions with representatives of states that have had recent experience of the ratification process

The composition of a delegation participating in the study visit will be decided by the state in question. It is recommended that the delegation be composed of officials who would be involved in a ratification process and who may work on issues related to torture prevention. 

For example, CTI hosted a recent four person delegation comprised of representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Attorney-General’s Office, Ministry of Home Affairs and Police Force. 

The CTI will usually work with the relevant UN Mission in Geneva to produce a tailored programme for the delegation. 

 

Expert visits in-country

The CTI retains close links with leading experts on torture prevention and can arrange for these experts to visit states to provide advice and support to state officials. For example, a state may wish to have expert guidance on issues such as:

  • Training police and prison officials on detention requirements under the Convention
  • Advising officials on reporting requirements under the Convention and appearances before the Committee against Torture
  • Educating the public about their rights under the Convention and how to raise complaints relating to mistreatment 
  • Advising officials on the legislative reform necessary within their state to ensure compliance with the Convention

This list is not exhaustive. CTI welcomes all suggestions for how experts might be able to assist states to ratify and implement the Convention. 

For more information on both study visits and expert visits, please contact the CTI Secretariat