Category Archives: Uruguay

ATI Hosts Seminar on NEXT STEPS TOWARDS A HUMAN RIGHTS PENITENTIARY SYSTEM IN URUGUAY

September 30, 2014 – On Friday, September 24, 2014, the Anti-Torture Initiative hosted a day-long conference in Montevideo, Uruguay, to promote discussion of our breakthrough Spanish-language publication Next Steps Towards a Human Rights Penitentiary System in Uruguay: Reflections on the Implementation of the 2009 and 2013 Recommendations of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, which features 20 essays that reflect on the practical implementation of the recommendations made by UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez after his follow-up visit to Uruguay in December 2012. The seminar was co-organized with Uruguay’s National Human Rights Institution, the UNDP, and several local and international NGOs. The event brought together prominent activists, government officials, lawyers and academics, and more than 200 key stakeholders for a vigorous day-long discussion and debate of the critical issues addressed in the publication. The event was featured prominently by the local media and civil society organizations. To read more about the seminar in English and Spanish, please visit our page dedicated to the event.

Next Steps Towards a Human Rights Penitentiary System in Uruguay: Upcoming Book Launch Seminar in Montevideo, Uruguay

September 19, 2014 – We are delighted to announce the upcoming launch of our new publication: Next Steps Towards a Human Rights Penitentiary System in Uruguay: Reflections on the Implementation of the 2009 and 2013 Recommendations of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, which will take place in Montevideo, Uruguay, on Friday, September 26.  The book launch will take the form a full-day seminar, during which three panels of prominent human rights law and policy experts will address topics discussed in the book, including the reform of the national penitentiary system with a view to advancing human rights and preventing and eradicating torture and ill-treatment, and the state of the juvenile justice system in Uruguay. You can access the agenda here. Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez will deliver a special keynote address, and the panelists will represent an array of Government institutions, international organizations, as well as local civil society and NGOs. To read more about the event, please visit our Spanish-language event page.

 

Seminario: Próximos Pasos Hacia una Política Penitenciaria de Derechos Humanos en Uruguay

18 de Setiembre – El próximo viernes 26 de setiembre se realizará la presentación pública de nuestro libro “Próximos Pasos Hacia una Política Penitenciaria de Derechos Humanos en Uruguay: Ensayos de seguimiento a las recomendaciones de 2009 y 2013 de la Relatoría de Naciones Unidas sobre la tortura” en un evento que comenzará a las 9:00 horas y se realizará en sala de reuniones del edificio UPAEP en Montevideo, Uruguay.  El evento pretende profundizar algunos de los principales temas planteados en el libro con presentaciones y diálogos con los autores y otras importantes personalidades invitadas.  El Relator Especial de Naciones Unidas contra la Tortura, Juan E. Méndez, hará una presentación especial al comienzo del evento.  Para mayor información y para leer la agenda completa, favor abrir este link.

Nueva publicación: Próximos pasos hacia una política penitenciaria de derechos humanos en Uruguay: Ensayos de seguimiento a las recomendaciones de 2009 y 2013 de la Relatoría de Naciones Unidas sobre la tortura

August 25, 2014 – El Relator Especial sobre la tortura, Juan E. Méndez y el Anti-Torture Initiative se complacen en anunciar la publicación de “Próximos pasos hacia una política penitenciaria de derechos humanos en Uruguay: Ensayos de seguimiento a las recomendaciones de 2009 y 2013 de la Relatoría de Naciones Unidas sobre la tortura.” Este libro reúne análisis, opiniones, recomendaciones y propuestas de algunos de las voces uruguayas más influyentes en lo que respecta a la promoción de los derechos humanos y la prevención de la tortura y los malos tratos en situaciones de privación de libertad. En respuesta a la propuesta del Relator Especial, los 20 artículos que componen el libro analizan el estado actual de implementación de las recomendaciones de la Relatoría de Naciones Unidas sobre la tortura tras las visitas a Uruguay llevadas a cabo en 2009 y 2012 y destacan los progresos alcanzados y los obstáculos aún existentes, proponiendo acciones y medidas específicas para erradicar la tortura y los malos tratos que pueden resultar de la privación de la libertad en Uruguay.  Para leer el libro y para leer más sobre el trabajo del Relator Especial y el Anti-Torture Initiative en Uruguay visite esta página.

New Publication: Next Steps Towards a Human Rights Penitentiary System in Uruguay: Reflections on the Implementation of the 2009 and 2013 Recommendations of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture

August 25, 2014 – Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez and the ATI are delighted to announce the publication of our Spanish-language volume on Next Steps Towards a Human Rights Penitentiary System in Uruguay: Reflections on the Implementation of the 2009 and 2013 Recommendations of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture!  The nearly 300 page volume features essays by more than 20 Uruguayan legal and human rights experts, academics, and policy-makers representing a broad range of perspectives and experiences, reflecting on the progress and challenges facing Uruguay’s system of deprivation of liberty with a view to the prevention of torture and ill-treatment in the context of detention. You can access an electronic copy of the book and learn more about about the Special Rapporteur’s and the ATI’s work in Uruguay by visiting this page.

UN Statement on Prospective Constitutional Reform to Lower Age of Criminal Responsibility Echoes Special Rapporteur’s Concerns Regarding Juvenile Justice and Conditions of Detention in Uruguay

August 4, 2014 – The United Nations Country Office in Uruguay has issued a public statement expressing concern about the negative impact of the potential adoption of a draft constitutional reform that aims to lower the age of criminal responsibility to 16 in the State.  The amendment will be submitted for a vote in a popular referendum in October 2014.  The new declaration echoes concerns expressed by Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez after his 2012 visit to Uruguay.  In his report, the Special Rapporteur called on the Government to reflect on the potential effect that lowering the age of criminal responsibility could have on the already precarious conditions of detention faced by both adults and juveniles in Uruguay.  To read the Statement in full, please visit the UN website. More information on the Special Rapporteur’s visit to Uruguay and to access his report, please visit our Uruguay country page.

La Oficina de Naciones Unidas en Uruguay emitió un comunicado expresando preocupación respecto al negativo efecto que puede tener la aprobación de una reforma constitucional que se vota en octubre de 2014 que propone bajar la edad de imputabilidad penal a 16 años de edad. La declaración hace eco de la preocupación que el Relator Especial de Naciones Unidas sobre la tortura, Juan E. Méndez emitió al respecto de esta propuesta en su informe de seguimiento tras visitar Uruguay en 2012. En su informe, el Relator llamo a “reflexionar sobre el posible efecto que la reforma constitucional de reducción de la edad de imputabilidad pudiera tener sobre las ya precarias condiciones de detención de los menores y adultos.” Puede leer el informe del Relator aquí.

Radio Francia Internacional (SP) – Measures Limiting Prosecution of Torture are Contrary to International Obligations

June 2013 – On 27 June 2013, Uruguay commemorated its 40 years after the military coup. UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Méndez expressed his concerns regarding recent Uruguayan Supreme Court rulings. Law 18.831 allowed for the investigation, prosecution, and punishment of those responsible for acts of torture and ill-treatment committed during the 70s and 80s. However, as a result of higher court’s ruling that Articles 2 and 3 of the law are unconstitutional, alleged perpetrators—police and military officers—may not face criminal charges for the atrocities they committed during these periods. Please click image to hear the interview in full in Spanish.

UN Experts: Justice or Impunity? Uruguay has to Decide (SP)

June 2013 – UN Experts expressed concerns regarding the Uruguayan Supreme Court’s recent decisions halting justice for serious allegations of torture, forced disappearances and killings under the military dictatorship. These rulings declared provisions of a law that eliminated the 1986 Amnesty Law unconstitutional. UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Méndez emphasized the States’ obligation to investigate, prosecute, and punish all perpetrators of torture, including acts committed in the 70s and 80s during the dictatorial government. Moreover, he stressed the Uruguayan government’s obligation to repeal national legislation. Read the article here.

La Republica (SP): UN Experts Concerned Over Recent Uruguayan Supreme Court Decisions

June 25, 2013 – Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan Mendez, joined the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, and reparation, Pablo de Greiff, and the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances in expressing their concern for the Uruguayan Supreme Court of Justice’s decision on two cases relating to abuses committed during Uruguay’s last military dictatorship under President Julio Maria Sanguinetti. Mendez noted that Uruguay has a duty to investigate, judge, and punish those responsible for the crimes committed, and to properly compensate the victims.

Terra (SP): UN Experts Express Concern Over Recent Uruguayan Supreme Court Decisions

June 25. 2013 – In an official press release, UN Experts expressed concern regrading the Uruguayan Supreme Court’s recent decisions halting justice for serious allegations of torture, forced disappearances, and killings under the military dictatorship. These rulings declared provisions of the law that eliminated the 1986 Amnesty law unconstitutional. UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez emphasized the states’ obligation to investigate, prosecute, and punish all perpetrators of torture, including acts committed in the 1970s and 1980s during the dictatorship. Moreover, he stressed the Uruguayan government’s obligation to repeal national legislation impeding the pursuit of justice. Read the article here.