Feb 05 2019
Past event

Ratification and implementation of the UN Convention against Torture in the Pacific: Supporting Pacific States with processes of legislative review and drafting anti-torture laws or amendments

As a region with strong democratic and rule of law traditions, the Pacific has strategic importance in accelerating ratification and active implementation of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT, or Convention). The region already has many good laws, policies and practices in respect of constitutional and legal frameworks, governance and the administration of justice, while challenges remain.

This high level regional seminar, being hosted by the Government of the Republic of Fiji and convened by the Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI), in partnership with the Universal Rights Group, the Regional Rights Resource Team of the Pacific Community and supported by the UK Government, aims to support Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) in overcoming some of the technical and capacity constraints preventing ratification and/or full implementation of the UN Convention against Torture. In particular, it will provide an opportunity for countries in the Pacific and beyond to share experiences and exchange on national practices around processes of legislative review and drafting anti-torture laws or amendments.

Objectives of the seminar:

  • Within the overarching aspiration to inspire PSIDS to reach regional universal membership of UNCAT and to support implementation, the objectives of the seminar are to:
  • Promote dialogue and cooperation among countries of the Pacific region and beyond on prevention of torture and ill-treatment;
  • Hear good practices and success stories in the prevention and response to incidents of torture and other ill-treatment through legislative reform and existing legislative approaches;
  • Identify elements needed to construct an effective anti-torture legislative framework;
  • Reflect on and ‘map’ relevant national laws, to consider the degree to which they already cover obligations contained in UNCAT and to take stock of areas where legislative changes may be required or recommended;
  • Explore and share successful approaches

The Seminar booklet is available here.

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