with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment

Documentary Series Features Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez: “In His Own Words”

My greatest fear was that they would come back for more.” In this powerful new documentary produced by UNTV, Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez describes his experience of torture during Argentina’s military dictatorship.  As a young human rights lawyer representing political prisoners in 1975, the Special Rapporteur  was arrested and held in administrative detention for more than one year, before becoming Amnesty International’s first “Prisoner of Conscience” and being released into exile.  “My wife and I knew things were getting worse, we just didn’t think that anything was going to happen to us. Looking back, we were walking off the edge of a cliff,” he says.  He goes on to describe his work with the United Nations, explaining that for those unable to defend their rights at the national level, such international human rights mechanisms may be the only possible avenue for obtaining justice.