with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment

  • On Tuesday October 21, and Wednesday, October 22, 2014, Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez will address the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), hold a press conference, and participate in several thematic side-events alongside UN colleagues, State delegates, and civil society partners in New York City. During the Session, the Special Rapporteur will present his latest thematic report on the role of forensic and medical sciences in the investigation and prevention of torture and other ill-treatment, provide updates on his 2014 country visits to Mexico, Tunisia, and Tajikistan, and engage in an interactive dialogue on other recent activities related to his mandate. We will be live-tweeting the events at the UNGA throughout the week and provide regular updates on the days’ activities. To learn more about the Special Rapporteur’s activities at the UNGA and watch LIVE WEBCASTS of his presentation, interactive dialogue, and side-events, please click on the adjacent image.

  • Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez received prestigious Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award from the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. The award celebrates human rights defenders in the United States and the Americas. This year, Professor Méndez was honored for his work as a jurist and human rights activist, and for his work as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture. The award was presented by Rev. William Wipfler and Mr. John Hutchinson, who led advocacy efforts in 1977 to have Professor Méndez declared a prisoner of conscience and released from Argentine junta’s notorious Unit 9 prison, where he was detained because of his defense, as a lawyer, of political prisoners threatened by torture and arbitrary arrest in the 1970s. Special Rapporteur Méndez and this year’s other awardees were congratulated by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet in a special video message, and featured in media outlets including the Washington Post. The recipients of this year’s domestic and international awards are Robin Reineke from the Colibrí Center for Human Rights, and the Mesoamerican Initiative of Human Rights Defenders. For more information and multimedia, please click on the adjacent image.

  • Welcome to the Anti-Torture Initiative (ATI), a project of the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law! We work to expand the strategies of UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Juan E. Mendez (SRT) in furtherance of his mandate. Please have a look at our website to learn more about how we help support, monitor, and assess implementation of the SRT’s recommendations, and provide a multi-dynamic model for effective thematic and country-specific follow-up. Please click on the adjacent image to read our latest news!

  • Los invitamos al lanzamiento de nuestro libro: PRÓXIMOS PASOS HACIA UNA POLÍTICA PENITENCIARIA DE DERECHOS HUMANOS EN URUGUAY: ENSAYOS DE SEGUIMIENTO A LAS RECOMENDACIONES DE 2009 Y 2013 DE LA RELATORÍA DE NACIONES UNIDAS SOBRE LA TORTURA, el cual tendrá lugar el 26 de setiembre de 2014 a las 9:00 AM en la sala de reuniones del edificio UPAEP, Montevideo. El lanzamiento tomará la forma de un seminario con panelistas expertos en el tema de derechos humanos. Este libro reúne las contribuciones de 20 expertos – responsables de políticas públicas, representantes de la sociedad civil, miembros de la Instituciones Nacional de Derechos Humanos y el Comisionado Parlamentario y académicos – en la que se presentan análisis, opiniones, preocupaciones y propuestas para el Uruguay en lo que respecta a la promoción de los derechos humanos y la prevención de la tortura y los malos tratos en situaciones de privación de libertad. Las contribuciones reflexionan sobre la implementación de las recomendaciones de la Relatoría de Naciones Unidas sobre la Tortura luego de sus visitas de 2009 y 2012. Para mayor información, favor abrir la imagen adyacente.

  • We are delighted to announce the launch of our #TortureFreeWorld campaign on the occasion of International Day in Support of Victims of Torture! You can join us here, on Facebook, and on Twitter @antitorture_SRT by participating in a LIVE DISCUSSION AND Q&A with UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez on Thursday, 26 June 2014, from 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST. For details and information on how to participate, share your thoughts, and submit a question, please click on the adjacent image!

  • We are delighted to announce the launch of our #TortureFreeWorld campaign on the occasion of International Day in Support of Victims of Torture! You can join us here, on Facebook, and on Twitter @antitorture_SRT by participating in a LIVE DISCUSSION AND Q&A with UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez on Thursday, 26 June 2014, from 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST. For details and information on how to participate, share your thoughts, and submit a question, please click on the adjacent image!

This Week: Special Rapporteur at the 69th Session of the General Assembly

This Week: Special Rapporteur at the 69th Session of the General Assembly

October 21-22, 2014 – On Tuesday October 21, and Wednesday, October 22, 2014, Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez will address the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), hold a press conference, and participate in several thematic side-events alongside UN colleagues, State delegates, and civil society partners in New York City.  During theContinue Reading

Special Rapporteur Juan E. Méndez Receives Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award

Special Rapporteur Juan E. Méndez Receives Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award

October 14, 2014 - Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez received a Special Recognition Award at the prestigious 38th Annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards. Each year in early October, the Institute for Policy Studies hosts the annual human rights award in the names of Orlando Letelier and Ronni Karpen Moffitt, who were killed by agents of the Chile’s military dictatorshipContinue Reading

Who Cares About the Suffering of Older persons at the End of Their Lives? We Do, Say UN Human Rights Experts

Who Cares About the Suffering of Older persons at the End of Their Lives? We Do, Say UN Human Rights Experts

October 11, 2014 – Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez and other UN independent human rights experts have warned that unnecessary suffering of older persons for lack of pain medicines and palliative care at the end of their lives violates basic human rights. On the occasion of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, theContinue Reading

Mexico Faces Crucial Test in Investigation of Deaths and Enforced Disappearances of Students in Guerrero: UN Human Rights Experts

Mexico Faces Crucial Test in Investigation of Deaths and Enforced Disappearances of Students in Guerrero: UN Human Rights Experts

October 10, 2014 – Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez and other UN independent human rights experts have called on Mexican authorities to focus their efforts on an investigation into the killings and enforced disappearances of students in Guerrero.  At the end of September, six people died and at least 17 others were injuredContinue Reading