Category Archives: Interviews

Radio Naciones Unidas: Entrevista con el Relator Especial de la ONU sobre la tortura y otros tratos o penas crueles, inhumanos o degradantes Juan Méndez

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Video: Prison Conditions in Latin America, Mendez Interviewed

VENEZUELA- Las violaciones de derechos humanos son moneda corriente en las cárceles de América Latina. El hacinamiento de presos, la superpoblación de las cárceles, las deficientes condiciones de reclusión, los altos índices de violencia carcelaria, la tortura y el uso excesivo de la fuerza por parte de los guardias son habituales en las prisiones de todo el continente.

Al Jazeera Interviews Juan Méndez

Two former leaders during Argentina’s military rule, Jorge Videla and Reynaldo Bignone, have been found guilty of overseeing the systematic theft of babies from political prisoners.

The case concerned 34 of the more than 400 babies stolen from parents while they were held in detention centres.

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Discusses Setbacks in Abolishing Torture

As a young attorney in Argentina, Juan Mendez was arrested and tortured by the military for representing political prisoners. After being deemed a “prisoner of conscious” by human rights watchdog Amnesty International, he was exiled to the U.S. He then founded Human Rights Watch’s Americas program in 1982. Now Juan is the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Torture. He tells Worldviewabout torture’s role within various judicial systems around the world.

“UN Torture Expert Juan Méndez on Solitary Confinement,” Solitary Watch

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez discusses the widespread practice of solitary confinement.