Awareness of the fight against torture was raised at side events on the impact of anti-torture initiatives in the realization of the SDG16, the Goal calling for access to justice and effective, accountable and inclusive institutions.
On Tuesday, 18 October 2016 Denmark - as part of the Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI) – co-hosted an annual side event with the three UN mandate holders on torture, The Chair of the Committee against Torture (CAT), Jens Modvig from Denmark, the Chair of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT), Malcolm Evans, and Juan Méndez, Special Rapporteur on Torture, who were at the UNHQ to brief the Third Committee on their work.
The Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI) was launched by the governments of Chile, Ghana, Indonesia, Morocco, and Denmark in March 2014 and envisions that by 2024, the universal ratification of the UN Convention against Torture will be a reality. Read more about the CTI here.
This year’s event focused on the interplay between anti-torture initiatives and Goal 16 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. And it should not be overlooked. In CAT Chair Modvig’s words, “equal access to justice is a key goal for both torture prevention and the SDG’s.”
Neither history nor science has shown torture or ill-treatment to be effective. This was the main conclusion by experts at a side event on Wednesday, 19 October - also co-hosted by Denmark - where Special Rapporteur Méndez called for a need for minimum standards for interrogation practises, grounded in fundamental principles of international human rights law.
Denmark has a long-standing engagement in the fight against torture and is presenting a recurring resolution on the prevention of torture in the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly. Denmark will continue to work for ending the use of torture as one of the key priorities on human rights and development as well as in the Danish campaign for a seat on the Human Rights Council for the period 2019-2021.