The Special Rapporteur will conduct his first official visit to Mexico from 21 April to 2 May. 2014, to assess the situation and identify challenges regarding torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in the country. During the visit, the Special Rapporteur will assess the implementation of new criminal procedures legislation, the use of coerced confessions and ‘arraigo’ detention, among other issues pertaining to his mandate. The Special Rapporteur and his team will travel to several regions, visit various detention facilities, and meet with relevant authorities, members of civil society and international organisations, and victims and their families. For more information, please click on the adjacent image.
During the week of Monday, March 10, 2014, Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez addressed the Twenty-Fifth Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), held a press conference, and participate in several side-events in Geneva. The SRT's activities began with his presentation to the Human Rights Council session, during which he discussed 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 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.