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  • UN torture mandate holders discuss why ratification matters

    New York, 20 October – “No state is immune from the risk of torture and by ratifying the UNCAT a state demonstrates that it is dedicated to its effective prevention and prohibition.” – Juan Mendez, Special Rapporteur on Torture Chair of the UN Committee against Torture, Claudio Grossman, Chair of the UN Sub-Committee on Prevention of Torture, […]

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  • States parties to the UNCAT elect five members to UN Committee against Torture

    Geneva, 8 October – 14 candidates for five open seats in the UN Committee against Torture resulted in the re-election of one and the election of four brand new members. At the 15th meeting of States parties to the UN Convention against Torture taking place on 8 October in Geneva, Felice Gaer (USA) was re-elected […]

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  • Myanmar joins CTI Group of Friends

    Geneva, 7 October – Following the visit by a Myanmar delegation to Geneva in May 2015, the Government of Myanmar has confirmed that it will join the CTI Group of Friends. The CTI hosted a delegation from the Myanmar Government to Geneva to learn more about the Convention. The week-long programme included seminars on the […]

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  • Foreign Ministers affirm opposition to torture as more states join global Initiative

    New York, 29 September – The United States, Spain and Montenegro have affirmed their commitment to global torture prevention by becoming the most recent states to sign up as friends of the Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI). At a CTI New York meeting with more than 60 representatives from 35 UN Member States, the Foreign Ministers […]

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  • CTI hosts UN expert briefing for delegates at HDIM 2015

    Warsaw, 25 September 2015 – The CTI has convened a meeting at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Human Dimension meeting involving key UN torture and detention experts. The event was moderated by former UN Special Rapporteur on Arbitrary Detention, Mads Andenaes, with opening remarks by Mette Nørgaard Dissing-Spandet, Head of the Human Rights Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. In addition […]

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  • CTI supports co-operation amongst ASEAN States in fight against torture

    Bali, Indonesia – A two day regional workshop has taken place for ASEAN Member States focusing on preserving human dignity by preventing torture and ill-treatment in ASEAN. The workshop was jointly organised by the CTI, Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, AICHR and APT and aimed to promote constructive dialogue and strategic cooperation among ASEAN Member States on a […]

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  • UN Committee briefed on CTI progress

    Geneva, 7 August 2015 – The UN Committee against Torture held a session with representatives from the CTI to hear about recent progress and future plans. The CTI delegation was led by the Permanent Representative of Denmark, Carsten Staur and consisted of representatives from each of the remaining CTI founding states – Chile, Morocco, Ghana and Indonesia – and […]

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  • States convene for CTI seminar on UNCAT ratification

    New York, 12 May 2015 – A half-day CTI seminar promoting UNCAT ratification has taken place at UN Headquarters in New York, with representatives from 20 states participating.  Non-States parties to the Convention as well as Government members of the CTI Group of Friends were invited to participate in this event to consider the benefits of UNCAT ratification, challenges to ratification […]

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  • CTI hosts Myanmar delegation visit to Geneva

    Geneva, 8 May 2015 – A delegation from Myanmar has completed its week long visit to Geneva to learn more about the UN Convention against Torture and the importance of ratification to the international community. In May, the CTI hosted a visit of a delegation from the Government of Myanmar to Geneva. The delegation consisted […]

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  • High level event hears testimony from UN experts and torture survivors

    Geneva, 3 March 2015 – The CTI has held a high level event at the Palais de Nations during the 28th session of the Human Rights Council on how to reach universal ratification and implementation of the UNCAT, attended by more than 100 participants from states, civil society organisations and the UN. The meeting was moderated by Director of OHCHR’s Human […]

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