Category Archives: Videos

Subrayado (SP): UN Expert Calls for the Closing of Comcar Prison Modules

December 6, 2012 – In a televised press conference, Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Méndez urged the Uruguayan government to close the COMCAR prison, and expressed particular concern over the status of women prisoners and juveniles. See video in Spanish here.

Julian Assange Mentions Special Rapporteur in CNN Interview

November 2012– While discussing the circumstances surrounding Manning’s detention in a CNN interview with Erin Burnett, WikLeaks founder Julian Assange quotes the Special Rapporteur’s opinion that the conditions of Bradley Manning’s imprisonment amount to torture.

April 2012 – Challenges in Combating Torture: Special Rapporteur Juan E. Mendez Discusses His Mandate During a Public Lecture at the University of Chicago


UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez Presents Report on the Death Penalty to 67th UN General Assembly Meeting

The U.S. Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez delivered his thematic report on the Death Penalty to the General Assembly in New York.

67th UN General Assembly – Press Conference with Human Rights Experts Juan Mendez, Special Rapporteur on Torture, Claudio Grossman, Chair of the Committee against Torture, and Malcom Evans, Chair of the Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture


Juan Méndez Speaks on Enforcing the Absolute Prohibition Against Torture during an Event at the Chatham House in London


Watchdog Reports Syria Torture

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

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.

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.