NCHR at Anti-torture Forum in New York
The Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI) held its Annual Forum in New York 12 December 2017, providing an important opportunity for reflection on the status of realising the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the prohibition against torture.
The main event during the CTI forum in New York was the discussion on good State practices, as well as opportunities and challenges in realising the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and in particular SDG 16 on committing States to "promote peaceful, inclusive societies for sustainable development, to provide access to justice for all and to build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels".
- A question of capacity
Gisle Kvanvig represented the NCHR at the event. The NCHR has been working closely with police services in Indonesia, Vietnam and China in an effort to prevent torture and errors of justice during police investigations. Kvanvig claims that challenge of implementation is not only a question of political will, it is also one of capacity.
Institutions are no stronger than the individuals employed by them and their competencies.
- Gisle Kvanvig (NCHR)
A focus on know-how and expertise is therefore key to ensure implementation of the Convention, and fulfillment of the SDGs. The NCHR recently became 'Friends of the CTI', working to prevent torture through inter-State dialogue, cooperation and technical assistance. The NCHR is collaborating with the organisation in developing UNCAT implementation tools, and eventually global standards for police investigation.
- NCHR Contributes to UNCAT 'Implementation and Training Tools' for Police Investigators
- Training of Vietnamese police in investigative interviewing