CTI Bali Seminar report is out!
Today, the Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI) and the Association for the Prevention of Torture release the report of the Asia-Pacific regional seminar on “Sharing experiences and building State capacity in South East Asia and the wider Asia-Pacific region: Strengthening institutional and legislative frameworks for effective law enforcement”, held in Bali, Indonesia, from 26-28 November 2019, and hosted by the Government of Indonesia. The report contains many State good practices, experiences and recommendations around strengthening anti-torture and policing legislation and regulations, applying legal and practical safeguards and non-coercive investigative interviewing, and building strong complementary institutions for an effective administration of justice.
Some of the main recommendations contained in the report include:
- Pursuing opportunities in regional fora to raise awareness and share experiences of ratification and implementation of the UN Convention against Torture;
- Conducting regional technical workshops on anti-torture legislation, as well as training and international cooperation to foster cross-regional and inter-regional exchange of experiences on the implementation of investigative interviewing;
- Sensitization courses on the risk of torture and ill-treatment in the first hours of police custody and practical knowledge on the implementation of legal and procedural safeguards to be included in police training and curriculum;
- Using technology and digital platforms to professionalise the capacity of police and law enforcement; and
- Providing technical support and capacity-building for OPCAT States parties in establishing National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs) through cooperation with international organisations and national and international non-governmental actors.
The event brought together nearly 70 participants, which included representation from 18 countries from the Asia-Pacific regions and beyond, alongside UN officials and subject-matter experts.
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The report is available here.