Category Archives: Commissions of Inquiry

Commissions of Inquiry – Thematic Report (Mendez 2012)

Commissions of Inquiry Unable to Fight Impunity on Their Own – UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

March 5, 2012 – The Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez described Commissions of Inquiry as useful tools to prevent impunity in torture and other ill-treatments. He also pointed the important role that the Commissions of Inquiry play in the investigations, prosecution and punishment of torture. He highlighted the collateral effect to Solidarity Confinement and Human rights implications.

UN News Centre – Commissions of inquiry alone cannot fight impunity against torture – UN expert

March 5, 2012 – The Special Rapporteur on torture Juan E. Méndez expressed in his report to the Human Rights Council that Commissions of Inquiry do not replace a country’s legal obligations to prosecute human rights violations. However, they are effective tools for understanding the context where torture and other ill-treatment occurred.