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

  • 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.

Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez Receives Two Awards for Human Rights Work

Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez Receives Two Awards for Human Rights Work

April 18, 2014 – Earlier this week, Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez received the prestigious Death Penalty Focus Human Rights Award during the organization’s 23rd Annual Awards Dinner in Los Angeles. The Award recognizes the Special Rapporteur’s work in promoting the abolition of the death penalty system worldwide as well as his long-standing role asContinue Reading

First official visit to Mexico by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture – 21 April – 2 May, 2014

First official visit to Mexico by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture – 21 April – 2 May, 2014

April 17, 2014 – Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez announced his first official visit to Mexico, which will take place from 21 April to 2 May, 2014. The purpose of the visit, which begins next week, will be to assess the situation and identify challenges regarding torture and other cruel, inhuman or degradingContinue Reading

Co-ordinated Efforts Necessary to Eradicate the Practice of Torture, Says Special Rapporteur and Participants at OSCE Meeting

Co-ordinated Efforts Necessary to Eradicate the Practice of Torture, Says Special Rapporteur and Participants at OSCE Meeting

April 10 – 11, 2014 – Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez attended and delivered the keynote address at the OSCE’s Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting on Prevention of Torture in Vienna. Participants in the meeting agreed that coordinated efforts among states, international organizations and civil society are necessary to end the practice of torture.Continue Reading

Iran: UN Rights Experts Appeal for Urgent Medical Care for Detained Political Prisoners and Their Release

Iran: UN Rights Experts Appeal for Urgent Medical Care for Detained Political Prisoners and Their Release

April 10, 2014 – The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other independent human rights experts have expressed alarm at the denial of medical care of two political prisoners in Iran who risk death in detention due to their worsening health conditions, and urged Iranian authorities to provide them with medical treatment. This is the latestContinue Reading