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CTI Group of Friends




CTI Secretariat

Ms. Alice Edwards, Head of the CTI Secretariat,, +41 (0)22 919 21 72

Ms. Signe Lind, CTI Project Officer,, +41 (0)22 919 21 67

Jean Jacques Gautier Centre,
Route de Ferney 10,
PO Box 137, 1211 Geneva

In March 2014, the Governments of Chile, Denmark, Ghana, Indonesia and Morocco marked the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention against Torture by launching a ten-year global initiative for the universal ratification and implementation of the Convention.
The Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI) aims to provide technical advice, support and cooperation among States parties as well as non-States parties to the Convention – in order to help States overcome technical and capacity-related obstacles to ratification and implementation of the Convention.

Governments, international, regional and non-governmental organisations and experts sharing the vision and the ambition of the CTI are invited to join the Initiative by becoming members of the CTI Group of Friends.

Who: The CTI Group of Friends consists of Governmental Friends and Non-Governmental Friends.
All 193 UN Member States are invited to participate in the Group of Friends.
NGOs, international and regional organisations, experts, researchers and academics are invited on the basis of expertise, track-record and potential for contributing to the objectives of the CTI.
Current members include (updated on a rolling basis):

Governments: Argentina, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Egypt, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia (former Yugoslav Republic of), Moldova, Montenegro, Myanmar, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA.

: ACAT France; Amnesty International; Center for Victims of Torture; Centre for Civil and Political Rights; DIGNITY; FIACAT; International Aid Network; International Bar Association; International Commission of Jurists; Penal Reform International; SAVE CONGO; Universal Rights Group; University of Bristol; UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture.

:  Rafendi Djamin, Director, AI Bangkok; Malcolm Evans, Professor of Public International Law/Chair of SPT; Claudio Grossman, former CAT Chair; Juan Mendez, Special Rapporteur on Torture; Jens Modvig, CAT Chair; Manfred Nowak, former Special Rapporteur on Torture.

: The Group of Friends will serve as a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience and ideas on how to overcome obstacles to ratification and implementation of the UNCAT. Friends of the CTI will be involved in the achievements, progress and development of the CTI through annual meetings.
Membership of the Group of Friends does not come with specific obligations or commitments, however, Friends are expected to share the vision and goals of the Initiative and to work positively to those ends. The CTI Secretariat welcomes specific offers of support.

How: Interest in joining the CTI Group of Friends can be indicated by letter or email to the CTI Secretariat.