From March 9 – 11, 2015, Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez participated in activities at the Twenty-Eight Session for The United Nations Human Rights Council.
During the Session, the Special Rapporteur addressed the Human Rights Council to present his latest activities and country-specific and thematic reports and conduct an interactive dialogue with State Delegations and NGOs. He also held a press conference and participated in several side-events addressing a diverse array of human rights issues. More information about these activities and relevant documentation is available below.
Presentation and Interactive Dialogue
The Special Rapporteur made a presentation and engagde in an interactive dialogue with States at the Human Rights Council on March 9 and 10, 2015. During this session, he provided an overview of recent activities and discussed his latest thematic report on children deprived of liberty, reports on his 2014 missions to Mexico and The Gambia, and on his 2014 follow-up missions to Tunisia and Tajikistan. He also present his annual report on communications with Governments.
Press Briefing and Media
The Special Rapporteur will hold a press conference on March 11, during which he discussed his latest activities and reports.
The Special Rapporteur participated in the following side-events during the Human Rights Council session.
- Strengthening Death Penalty Standards (March 9, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Geneva). The Special Rapporteur discussed evolving international standards pertaining to the death penalty alongside representatives from Penal Reform International, the Quaker United Nations Office, and representatives of the Governments of Mexico and Switzerland, during this event. To read the Special Rapporteur’s 2012 report and learn more about his work on the death penalty, please follow this link. The event flyer may be downloaded in PDF format here.
- Guantanamo Bay and Accountability for Torture (March 9, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Geneva). During this event, the Special Rapporteur joined representatives from the ACLU, Amnesty International, and University of San Francisco Law School to discuss the situation at Guantanamo Bay and accountability for torture in light of the release of the SSCI report’s executive summary. You can read a press statement by the Special Rapporteur related to accountability for torture in the United States here and hear the Special Rapporteur discuss the situation at Guantanamo Bay in a radio interview here. The event flyer may be downloaded in PDF format here.
- Children Deprived of Liberty: A Global Perspective (March 10, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Geneva). The Special Rapporteur discussed his new thematic report on torture and ill-treatment of juveniles deprived of their liberty, and was joined by the Special Representatives of the Secretary General on Violence against Children, Ms. Marta Santos Pais, and for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Leila Zerrougui, as well as by NGO representatives from Defence for Children International and the OMCT, for this event. To read the Special Rapporteur’s report on children deprived of their liberty and learn about our #StopChildTorture campaign, please visit this page. A live WEBCAST of this event will be available here. The event flyer may be downloaded in PDF format here.
- The Fight Against Impunity in Tunisia (March 10, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Geneva). During this event, the Special Rapporteur discussed his recent follow-up report on his mission to Tunisia, and was joined by Tunisia’s Ambassador to the United Nations, a Commissioner from Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity (Reconciliation) Commission, and NGO representatives from the OMCT and ACAT. To learn more about the Special Rapporteur’s work and read his two reports on Tunisia, please click here. The event flyer may be downloaded in PDF format here.
- Side-Event on Mexico (March 11, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Geneva). More information about this side-event will be available here soon. To learn more about the Special Rapporteur’s recent visit to Mexico and read his report on Mexico, please visit this page.
- Side-Event on Sri Lanka (March 11, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Geneva). More information about this side-event will be available here soon.