Group of Friends

A core principle of the CTI is achieving progress through cooperation and sharing experiences among States parties and non-States parties to the Convention. Non-Government friends can play a crucial role in the provision of technical advice and support, both to CTI and to states directly. 

This is why the Group of Friends concept is important to the overall success of the Initiative. The CTI continues to invite states, torture prevention experts, international, regional and non-governmental organizations sharing the vision and objectives of the CTI to join the Group of Friends.

Membership of the Group of Friends does not come with specific obligations or commitments. Friends are at any time free to determine how and to what extent they wish to engage in and support the CTI. However, it is hoped that friends may be able to offer assistance where possible through active engagement in CTI meetings and seminars and in encouraging states towards ratification and better implementation of the Convention.

Current members of the Group of Friends (updated on a rolling basis) include:

States:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Egypt, Fiji, Finland, France, The Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, 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.

Non-Governmental and International and Regional Organisations:

ACAT France, African Center for Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (ACTV - Uganda), Amnesty International, Center for Victims of Torture (USA), Centre for Civil and Political Rights, DIGNITY (Denmark), FIACAT, International Aid Network, International Bar Association, International Commission of Jurists, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, Omega Research Foundation, Penal Reform International, REDRESS Trust, SAVE CONGO, Shield for Justice Foundation (Kenya), Universal Rights Group, University of Bristol, UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture.

Experts:

Steve Banks, Independent Policing Consultant, London: Jennifer Bryson, Director of the Islam and Religious Freedom Action Team at the Religious Freedom Institute and former Guantanamo interrogator; Raymond Bull, Professor of Criminal Investigation, University of Derby; Rafendi Djamin, Advisor, Human Rights Working Group; Sir Malcolm Evans, Professor of Public International Law, University of Bristol/Chair of SPT; Carla Ferstman (Dr.), Law School, University of Essex; Felice Gaer, CAT Member; Claudio Grossman, former CAT Chair; Abdelwahab Hani, CAT Member; Claude Heller, CAT Member; Dadimos Haile (Dr.), Associate Professor of Law at Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia; Juan Méndez, former Special Rapporteur on Torture; Becky Milne, Professor of Forensic Psychology, University of Portsmouth; Jens Modvig, CAT Chair; Manfred Nowak, former Special Rapporteur on Torture; Shane O'Mara, Professor of Experimental Brain Research, Trinity College Dublin, and Principal Investigator and Director of the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience; Dame Anne Owers, National Chair of the Independent Monitoring Boards in the UK; Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón, CAT member; Ruth Sskendi, Director of Monitoring and Investigations, Ugandan Human Rights Commission; Nora Sveaass, SPT member and Associate Professor, University of Oslo; Sébastien Touzé, CAT member and Director of the René Cassin Foundation, Strasbourg.

How to join

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