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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

LL.M. in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law to be Offered by Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law

LL.M. in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law to be Offered by Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law

July 19, 2014 – We are pleased to share the announcement that the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law of American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) will be offering an LL.M. in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. The Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan E. Mendez, has been a visiting professor at AUWCLContinue Reading

Nepal: Truth-Seeking Legislation Risks Further Entrenching Impunity, Alert UN Rights Experts

Nepal: Truth-Seeking Legislation Risks Further Entrenching Impunity, Alert UN Rights Experts

July 4, 2014 – Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez and other UN independent human rights experts called on the Government of Nepal to amend new legislation allowing for amnesties in cases of serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law. The experts expressed concern that the newly adopted truth-seeking law, which establishes the CommissionContinue Reading

Egypt: UN Experts “Outraged” at Confirmation of 183 Death Sentences

Egypt: UN Experts “Outraged” at Confirmation of 183 Death Sentences

June 30, 2014 -The Special Rapporteur on Torture and other UN human rights experts have expressed outrage after a Criminal Court in Minya, Egypt, confirmed death sentences against 183 people in the largest mass death sentence to be confirmed in Egypt in recent history. The experts urged the Government to quash the sentences and offerContinue Reading

In Latin America Torture Still Used to Conduct Investigations

In Latin America Torture Still Used to Conduct Investigations

June 29, 2014 – In a recent Spanish-language interview with Diario Libre, the Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan E. Méndez, discussed the situation of torture and ill-treatment on the ground in Latin America. The Special Rapporteur noted that each country has its own distinct phenomenon of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment, but that such unlawfulContinue Reading