with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment
Thematic Report on Gender Perspectives on Torture

Thematic Report on Gender Perspectives on Torture




Read the Special Rapporteur’s Report on gender perspectives on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment here! 

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez presented his latest thematic report on the topic of gender perspective on torture before the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The report is available in English, FrenchSpanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian.  For more information about the presentation and other activities at the Human Rights Council, please visit this page.  A side-event on Gender Perspectives on Torture, featuring the Special Rapporteur on Torture and other distinguished panelists, will take place on Wednesday, March 9, at 12:00 PM, in Geneva. More information, including RSVP details, is available here.

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Report on Gender Perspectives on Torture and Other Ill-Treatment

The new report assesses the applicability of the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in international law to the unique experiences of women, girls, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons. The report recognizes that historically, the torture and ill-treatment framework evolved largely in response to practices and situations that disproportionately affected men, and that the analysis largely largely failed to employ a gendered and intersectional lens or to account adequately for the impact of entrenched discrimination, patriarchal, heteronormative and discriminatory power structures and socialized gender stereotypes. In the report the Special Rapporteur seeks to more effectively apply the torture and other ill-treatment lens to qualify human rights violations committed against persons who transgress sexual and gender norms. The report identifies gaps in prevention, protection, access to justice and remedies, and provide guidance to States on their obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the rights of all persons to be free from torture and ill-treatment.

The report covers an array of issues, ranging from the situation of women, girls, and LGBTI persons in the criminal justice system and sexual and domestic violence to abusive practices in healthcare settings, harmful practices – such as female genital mutilation, honor killings, and forced marriage,and human trafficking, from the perspective of torture and other ill-treatment.


Expert Consultation

In preparation for the report, the Special Rapporteur and the ATI organized and hosted an expert consultation on November 5 and 6, 2015, which brought together a diverse group of internationally recognized experts in international human rights, women’s rights, LGBTI rights, the prohibition and prevention of torture and ill-treatment in international law, and in cross-cutting issues ranging from criminology and corrections to healthcare policies, reproductive rights, and the laws of armed conflict, among others. Experts attended from an array of countries in  Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and North America, and included representatives from international and regional organizations, regional and international human rights monitoring bodies, NGOs, and academia. A Working Paper was produced to guide discussions during the expert consultation.