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.

Myanmar delegation pictured with CTI and APT representatives

In May, the CTI hosted a visit of a delegation from the Government of Myanmar to Geneva.

The delegation consisted of senior officials from the Home Ministry, Foreign Ministry and Attorney-General’s Office. In addition to meeting CTI Ambassadors and Permanent Representatives, the delegation:

  • received detailed training on the Convention from experts from the Association for the Prevention of Torture;
  • observed Committee against Torture sessions and had the opportunity to discuss issues of concern directly with CAT members;
  • met senior UN officials, including Deputy High Commissioner Pansieri, who demonstrated the strength of international support for ratification; and
  • met the Permanent Representatives of Vietnam and Fiji to share lessons learned from their recent experience of the ratification process.

The delegation were pleased with the visit and confirmed that it would benefit them  in their future considerations regarding ratification of the Convention.

Head of Delegation, Thant Sin, commmented: 

“We were very pleased with the study visit that CTI organised for the Myanmar delegation. Through a mix of seminars, meetings with high ranking UN officials and sharing experiences with countries that have also gone through the ratification process, we were able to understand fully the ratification process and build constructive relationships with many partners that can best assist Myanmar in its future deliberations on signing and ratifying the convention.”

If you are interested in participating in a visit hosted by the CTI, please contact the CTI Secretariat.

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