During the week of Monday, March 10, 2014, Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez will address the Twenty-Fifth Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), hold a press conference with other mandate holders, and participate in several side-events in Geneva. The SRT's activities will begin on Monday, March 10 at 10:00 CET (5:00 AM EST) with his presentation to the Human Rights Council session, during which the SRT is expected to discuss his recent country and thematic reports on the mission to the Republic of Ghana and on the exclusionary rule and the use of torture-tainted evidence and information by State actors and executive agencies. For more information, including live streaming and webcasts of some of the events, please click on the adjacent image.
We are delighted to announce the publication of Torture in Healthcare Settings: Reflections on the Special Rapporteur on Torture’s 2013 Thematic Report. The Anti-Torture Initiative’s first publication brings together contributions by more than thirty international experts in response to Special Rapportuer Juan E Méndez’s provocative 2013 thematic report on torture and other abusive practices in healthcare settings. Each piece in this unique volume provides novel insights into essential topics and pressing issues at the forefront of the intersecting legal, medical, and policy fields. To access an electronic copy of the publication and read more about the Special Rapporteur's work on torture in healthcare settings,.
The Special Rapporteur’s new thematic report on the scope and objective of the exclusionary rule and its fundamental role in upholding the absolute prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhume, or degrading treatment or punishment, is now available. In the report, the Special Rapporteur discusses the use of the exclusionary rule in formal judicial proceedings and the use of torture-tainted information by executive agencies, among other topics. The Special Rapporteur will present his report to the 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva on Monday, March 10. To access a copy of the report and read more about the Special Rapporteur's activities at the upcoming Human Rights Council session, please click on the adjacent imgae.