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Danish Press release 4 March 2014

High Level Launch event of the Convention against Torture Initiative

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Danish Press release 04/03/2014:

Chile, Denmark, Ghana, Indonesia and Morocco have today launched a global initiative "Convention against Torture Initiative" for the universal ratification and implementation of the UN Convention against Torture

At an event today in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Denmark together with Chile, Ghana, Indonesia and Morocco launched a global initiative "Convention against Torture Initiative" (CTI) for the universal ratification and implementation of the UN Convention against Torture. The aim is - in addition to achieving greater international support for the Convention against Torture - also to put international focus on the implementation of the Convention in practice and to achieve a coordinated and sustained support in the form of legal and technical advice and assistance to all UN Member States.

Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs, H.E. Martin Lidegaard:

"I can with great pleasure and satisfaction announce that Denmark today together with Chile, Ghana, Indonesia and Morocco launched a global initiative for universal ratification and implementation of the Torture Convention. Torture is one of the worst assaults on people, and torture is never the solution and can under no circumstances be justified. Torture prevention has long been a high priority for Denmark and with this initiative; Denmark and Chile, Ghana, Indonesia and Morocco have sought to strengthen practical cooperation to eliminate the use of torture. With this initiative, we are moving the fight against torture closer to the victims of torture. This will be achieved through a more coordinated and sustained support in the form of legal and technical advice and assistance to all UN Member States.

Forty Member States of the United Nations have still not ratified the Convention against Torture, and of the 154 States that have, many still face challenges of living up to their commitments. As part of the initiative, we will over the next 10-year set a positive and cooperative agenda with focus on how states can help each other in the fight against torture.

Combating torture has long been a key priority in Denmark's international human right policy, including its leadership role in the international negotiations on combating torture, both in the UN General Assembly and the UN Human Rights Council. The initiative will in the coming years be a flagship in the Danish human rights work.

For more information on the event and the "Convention against Torture Initiative" (CTI), please contact the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the UN in Geneva, First secretary Kirstine Vangkilde Berner, e-mail: kirnie@um.dk or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark, Head of Section, Anja Levysohn, Legal Department – Human rights Office, e-mail: anjlev@um.dk


High Level launch event Convention against Torture Initiative 4 March invitation here

Opening remarks by Ms. Navi Pillay United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights read here

Articles in the press:

Un Monde sans torture, une promesse à tenir, Le Temps (4 March 2014 in french)