CTI Online Workshop for Pacific States


Online - Fiji Time Zone (GMT +12 hours)


Invitation Only


START: 18/05/21

END: 20/05/21

Building effective anti-torture regulatory frameworks for fair systems of justice

CTI, in partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Human Rights and Social Development (HRSD) Division, will be organising an online technical workshop for Pacific Island States focused on the exchange of experiences of justice sector and legislative reforms, ratification and reporting on the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT)  from the 18th to the 20th of May, 2021 on ‘Zoom’. The workshop is generously hosted by Fiji, CTI Core State.

Effective legal and institutional frameworks to implement fundamental human rights principles, such as the prevention and prohibition of torture, play a central role in contributing to fair and well-functioning systems of justice. The UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT) provides a framework for States to strengthen their legal, policy and administrative measures to ensure that safeguards are in place to prevent and prohibit the crime of torture, whilst elaborating on the ramifications and avenues for investigation, prosecution and redress when allegations of torture and ill-treatment do occur. 

Drawing on past positive dialogues on UNCAT with Pacific States, this workshop aims to enhance the capacity of senior government officials to:

  • build the case for UNCAT ratification and prepare associated Cabinet submission,
  • stocktake on existing national legislative frameworks to achieve alignment with UNCAT,
  • facilitate State reporting to the UN Committee against Torture, and reflects on how this can be managed by Small States with constrained capacities.

The training will include officials working in the Departments of Justice, Legal Affairs, Human Rights or Attorney Generals Chambers and other relevant Government departments from Pacific Small Island Developing States. Parliamentarians, representatives from National Human Rights Institutions or law reform Commissions may also be participants.

The event is by invitation only.

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