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

Online Regional Workshop for the Pacific States

The Commonwealth Secretariat is partnering with the Government of Fiji and the Convention Against Torture Initiative (CTI) to host an online three-day workshop to help strengthen anti-torture commitments in Pacific States.

Topics to be addressed will include

  • Ratification of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT) process.
  • Existing national legislative frameworks and how that can be aligned with UNCAT.
  • State reporting to the UN Committee against Torture, and how this can be managed by Small States with constrained capacities.

Desired outcomes of the workshop

  • Participants at the end of the workshop will be fully familiar with UNCAT’s legislative requirements as well as ratification procedures, cabinet submissions and reporting modalities.
  • Have good State practices to draw on for their own national ratification, legislative drafting or reporting processes.
  • Ability to identify key elements needed to draft an effective anti-torture legislative framework, ‘map’ relevant national laws for conformity with UNCAT and take stock of areas where legislative changes may be required or recommended.
  • Be equipped with technical skills to draft Cabinet submissions and/or legal provisions in the context of torture prevention, prohibition, and redress.

The workshop will include contributions from high-level speakers including: 

  • Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Attorney General of Fiji 
  • H.E. Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Rt Hon. Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth

Previous Workshops: December 2020 Online Technical Workshop for Commonwealth Caribbean States


Attendance at this workshop is by invite only