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UN Experts Welcome the Security Council Call on Burundi and Urge Concrete Actions

November 18, 2015 – Last week, Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez and other independent United Nations Human Rights experts expressed outrage over the situation of human rights in the country, warning that “the country is going towards an unacceptable path of atrocities” as the situation continues to deteriorate with “daily reports of serious human rights violations, including extra-judicial killings, arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture, attacks on independent media and harassment and killing of human rights defenders, unjustified limitations on freedoms of peaceful assembly and expression, adding to more than 200,000 persons displaced by violence.” Whilst welcoming the Security Council’s clear message on the situation in Burundi in its new Resolution 2248 (2015), which condemns the increase in cases of human rights violations and abuses in the country, the experts stressed that “actions should now follow and provide concrete responses fitting the magnitude of the risks at stake, for Burundi and the region.”  To read the full article, click here.


November 16, 2015 – This morning Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E Mendez joins former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Stephen Rapp and other panelists for a discussion entitled “Conflict and Conventions: Government Accountability for ‪#‎Torture‬” at the American Red Cross. The discussion is available for viewing here.

Special Rapporteur on Torture appears as Expert Witness before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on public hearing on the Human Rights situation of detainees in Guantanamo.

October 28 2013 – The Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan E. Méndez, appeared as an expert witness before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on a public hearing on the human rights situation of detainees held in Guantánamo in which the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) acted as petitioners. In his submission to the IACHR, the Special Rapporteur called on the US government to grant access to the IACHR and other UN mechanisms, such as the Working Groups and the Special Rapporteurs, to Guantánamo to conduct visits and interviews of detainees without supervision. He also stressed that the conditions of detention in Guantánamo, including indefinite detention, solitary confinement,and forced feeding, amount to ill treatment and, under certain circumstances, constitute torture and need to be investigated in accordance with international law. He reiterated his call to prosecute or release prisoners and to take definite steps to close Guantánamo once and for all. A webcast of the hearing can be seen here.

Watchdog Reports Syria Torture

Human Rights Watch reports that Syrian intelligence agencies are running a network of torture centers throughout the state.

Solitary Confinement Cell in Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing


Interview with Juan Mendez, UN Special Rapporteur and IBAHRI Co-Chair

Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez is interviewed by the co-chair of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute.

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