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

  • 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!

ATI Hosts Seminar on NEXT STEPS TOWARDS A HUMAN RIGHTS PENITENTIARY SYSTEM IN URUGUAY

ATI Hosts Seminar on NEXT STEPS TOWARDS A HUMAN RIGHTS PENITENTIARY SYSTEM IN URUGUAY

September 30, 2014 – On Friday, September 24, 2014, the Anti-Torture Initiative hosted a day-long conference in Montevideo, Uruguay, to promote discussion of our breakthrough Spanish-language publication Next Steps Towards a Human Rights Penitentiary System in Uruguay: Reflections on the Implementation of the 2009 and 2013 Recommendations of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, whichContinue Reading

Special Rapporteur Inaugurates Second Training Program on Human Rights Protection Mechanisms

Special Rapporteur Inaugurates Second Training Program on Human Rights Protection Mechanisms

September 30, 2014 – UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan E. Mendez, inaugurated the second Training Program on Human Rights Protection Mechanisms, organized by the Robert F. Kennedy Training Institute in collaboration with the American University Washington College of Law. The course will be held at the Robert F. Kennedy International House of Human RightsContinue Reading

Colombia: UN Experts Warn Bill on Military Criminal Justice a Setback for Human Rights

Colombia: UN Experts Warn Bill on Military Criminal Justice a Setback for Human Rights

September 29, 2014 – Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez and other UN independent human rights experts are calling on the Government and Congress of Colombia to reconsider the possible adoption of a 2013 Bill, which aims to restructure and expand the scope of military courts. The experts state that “if adopted, this BillContinue Reading

Special Rapporteur Delivers Lectures On Transitional Justice to Mark the Thirtieth Anniversary of Argentina’s Nunca Más

Special Rapporteur Delivers Lectures On Transitional Justice to Mark the Thirtieth Anniversary of Argentina’s Nunca Más

September 19, 2014 – Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez delivered a lecture on the “Argentine Experience and the Emergence of a Universal Right to Truth” at the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute. The lecture marked the 30th anniversary of the release of Argentina’s National Commission on the Disappearance of PersonsContinue Reading