Convention against Torture Initiative

In March 2014, the Governments of Chile, Denmark, Ghana, Indonesia and Morocco launched the Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI), to mark the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT). The CTI is an innovative inter-governmental and cross-regional collaboration focusing on making the UNCAT universally ratified and better implemented by 2024.

The immediate objectives of the CTI are:

  • To identify challenges and barriers to ratification and implementation of the UN Convention against Torture;
  • To address these obstacles through inter-State cooperation, assistance and dialogue;
  • To become a hub for sharing knowledge and good practices between governments; and
  • To build a global platform of States, the UN, national and international NGOs and experts to work jointly to achieve the CTI vision.

“We want, once and for all, to remove torture from the toolkit of terror and oppression and to put an end to the profound traumas and societal wounds caused by this violent practice. We invite all Governments to join us over the next decade to achieve universal ratification and to put the Convention against Torture into concrete practice”. Joint Statement to the Human Rights Council by CTI Governments of Chile, Denmark, Ghana, Indonesia and Morocco.

Who we are

The CTI core States enjoy the support of a full-time Secretariat, based in Geneva, headed by Dr. Alice Edwards.

The CTI also works closely with the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), a strategic partner of the CTI that collaborates and advises the CTI on its activities.

How CTI can help

There are a number of ways that the CTI can assist States, including those considering ratification and those that have already ratified and would like support to implement the Convention more effectively. More information is available here.

CTI Group of Friends

All UN Member States and relevant international and regional organisations, NGOs, experts, and academia are invited to apply to join the CTI Group of Friends. The Group of Friends serves as a platform for exchange of knowledge, experience and ideas on how to overcome obstacles to ratification and implementation of the UNCAT. The CTI engages with its Friends through participation in annual meetings and events in Geneva and New York.


For more information, contact us at:

Address: Convention against Torture Initiative, c/o World Meteorological Organization, 7bis Avenue de la Paix, 2nd floor, CH-1202, Geneva, Switzerland


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