Sharing experiences and building capacity in the Caribbean: The fair administration of justice and the UN Convention against Torture

On 4 and 6 June 2018, CTI, in partnership with Wilton Park, will hold a regional seminar in Castries, Saint Lucia, on “Sharing experiences and building capacity in the Caribbean: The fair administration of justice and the UN Convention against Torture”.

This seminar will gather ministers and senior government representatives from sixteen Caribbean UN Member States with a view to exchanging national good practices in the Caribbean and beyond on administering justice and rule of law matters, and to support Caribbean States to overcome technical and capacity constraints that can prevent full engagement with the international human rights system.

The seminar will also benefit from a number of State practitioners or officials, who will share their national experiences, along with selected international and regional organisations and a number of anti-torture and criminal justice experts.

The seminar builds upon CTI’s previous visits to The Bahamas, Grenada, Saint Lucia and Suriname, carried out on a bilateral basis during the past two years, with the view to discuss ratification and implementation of the UNCAT, as well as on bilateral meetings held in Geneva and New York with a number of other Caribbean countries. Nine Caribbean States attended CTI Seminar on legislative and institutional frameworks to prevent torture, held in Santiago, Chile, in April 2016. As a result of these exchanges, it is clear that there are many good practices related to areas falling within the focus of the UNCAT. With some additional technical support, it is hoped the remaining Caribbean States that have not yet ratified UNCAT will be ready to take the next step and in doing so, help the CTI reach its goal of universal UNCAT ratification.

Under the overall goal to support cooperation and dialogue among countries of the Caribbean and beyond on torture prevention with a view to moving towards universal ratification and improved implementation, the objectives of the seminar are to:

Explore experiences and good practices regarding ratification and implementation of UNCAT and its relationship with other important agendas;
Exchange on the basic safeguards in respect of arrest and detention of suspects, including juveniles, and the latest techniques of criminal investigation such as questioning and interviewing suspects, witnesses and victims; and
Share good management approaches in relation to law enforcement, custody arrangements and prison reform, including workable checks and balances.

The seminar will be conducted in English under the Wilton Park protocol which encourages active exchanges in an open, constructive (“no name, no shame”) and confidential environment. 

The seminar is by invitation only.