Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
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.
September 24, 2012 – The French news outlet RFI reports on the Special Rapporteur’s statements that while some progress has been made, torture of civilians continues to be practiced by Moroccan authorites.
September 2012 – The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez has said that while a culture of human rights is emerging in Morocco, authorities must do more to eradicate torture and ill-treatment.
September 23, 2013, RABAT – The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture reported preliminary findings of treatment amounting to torture in Moroccan prisons and police detention centers during a press conference held at the end of his week-long official visit to Morocco.
September 22, 2013, RABAT – The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has reported that the torture, cruel, and inhumane treatment of detainees in Morocco appears to be very frequent.
September 22, 2012 – The CBC reports on the Special Rapporteur’s meetings with local civil society representatives in Morocco, highlighting his statements that the authorities’ surveillance of meetings can result in a climate of oppression.
September 19, 2012 – The Special Rapporteur has visited a local prison in Laâyoune, Western Sahara. He has also met with members of the Laâyoune-Smara regional commission on human rights and with civil society representatives in the region.
September 19, 2012 – Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Méndez has met with activists, former political prisoners, and victims of torture in Rabat. Professor Méndez also met with the Moroccan justice and interior ministers during his visit.
September 18, 2012 – Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Méndez has met with representatives from Saharawi human rights organizations, including the Collective of Sahrawi Human Rights Defenders (CODESA), in El Aaiun, Western Sahara.