Category Archives: Healthcare

Time Magazine – UN Report Suggests Some Autism and Addiction Treatments are Akin to Torture

March 6, 2013 – Time Magazine highlights the Special Rapporteur’s contentions that some practices used to treat autism and drug addiction may be tantamount to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. The Rapporteur’s findings that unlawful practices, such as the use of forced labor, electric shock, prolonged restraint and isolation, rape and sexual violence in detention, and the denial of adequate pain treatment, are used in healthcare settings throughout the world, are addressed.

Center for Reproductive Rights – UN Focuses on Reproductive Rights Issues

March 12, 2013 – The Center for Reproductive Rights discusses the reproductive rights focus of aspects of the Special Rapporteur’s report on abusive practices in healthcare settings. In particular, the Center notes the Special Rapporteur’s mention of violations in the reproductive rights context, such as forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations, female genital mutilations, and other abusive treatment and humiliation institutional settings, among others.

Disability Rights International – UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Calls on Obama Administration to Take Action to End Torture at Massachusetts School for Children with Disabilities

March 11, 2013 – Disability Rights International discusses the Special Rapporteur’s determination that the human rights of students at the Massachusetts Judge Rotenberg Center have been violated under the UN Convention against Torture and other international standards, in view of the use of electric skin shocks and physical restraints on the students.

Human Rights Watch – UN Report Highlights Abuse as “Drug Treatment”

March 3, 2013 – Human Rights Watch discusses the Special Rapporteur’s call on donors to cease funding to government run compulsory drug detention centers throughout the world, and particularly in parts of Asia, where drug users are unlawfully detained and commonly subjected to abuse and human rights violations.

FORBES – Autism Shock Therapy Practice In US is Torture, Says UN Official

March 8, 2013 – Forbes Magazine discusses the Special Rapporteur’s report, according to which some practices used as therapy for persons with mental or developmental disabilities, including autism, may amount to torture or ill-treatment. The articles discusses the use of “skin shocks” at the Judge Rotenberg Center in Massachusetts is discussed, and highlights the Special Rapporteur’s call on US authorities to ban such practices.

CantonPatch – UN Calls on Obama Administration to Take Action against ‘Torture’ at Judge Rotenberg Center

March 7, 2013 – A local news outlet draws attention to the Special Rapporteur’s call for a federal ban on the use of electric shock and physical restraints on disabled ‘students’ at the Canton, Massachusetts-based Judge Rotenberg Center. Special Rapporteur Juan E. Mendez has expressed concern over the mental and physical integrity of the children subjected to abusive aversive therapies like electric shock treatment and the use of physical means of restraints.

Huffington Post – International Money and Torture in the Name of Drug Treatment

March 5, 2013 – The Huffington Post addresses the Special Rapporteur’s findings that some drug dependence treatment and rehabilitation centers perpetrate abuses including beatings, sexual violence, solitary confinement, and other physical and psychological mistreatment against drug users. The Special Rapporteur’s call on states to shut down offending institutions and on international donors to cease funding such facilities is noted.

Human Rights Council Concludes Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Torture

March 2013 – The 22nd session of the Human Rights Council concluded its clustered interactive dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez on 5 March. State representatives and representatives from non-government organizations addressed the gathering and the Special Rapporteur issued concluding remarks about his report on abusive practices in health-care settings.

Human Rights Council Begins Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Torture

March 2013 – The 22nd session of the Human Rights Council began its interactive dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez on 4 March. The Special Rapporteur presented country-specific reports on his visits to Tajikistan, Morocco, and Uruguay, and a thematic report on abusive practices in health-care settings.

Huffington Post – Five Ways the UN’s Drug Watchdog Fails on Health and Human Rights

March 5, 2013 – The Huffington Post contrasts the Special Rapporteur’s findings in his report on Abusive Practices in Healthcare Settings with the annual report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB). According to the Post, the INCB report fails to address several critical issues concerning healthcare and human rights, including ban on essential medicines and abuses occurring in compulsory drug treatment in states throughout the world, among others.