The panel discussion focused on the implementation of the UN Convention on Torture by countries, and its impact on the strengthening of national institutions, law enforcement mechanisms and legislative frameworks. Speaking in the context of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the panelists also highlighted challenges arising from the limited resources available to states for the ratification and reporting processes, as well as obstacles in implementing reforms.
Following his participation on the panel, Ambassador Murdoch encouraged OECS Member States to join the Convention. According to him,
‘Becoming party to the UN Convention Against Torture and having a relationship with the CTI not only burnishes the human rights reputation of OECS member states but it provides practical benefits like training and capacity-building for law enforcement agencies. I think our goal should be for all OECS members and associate members to be covered by the Convention.’