During the week of Monday, March 10, 2014, Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan E. Méndez, addressed the Twenty-Fifth Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), held a press conference, and participated in several side-events in Geneva alongside UN colleges, State delegates, and partners from civil society organizations. During the HRC Session, the Special Rapporteur presented his report on his recent country visit to the Republic of Ghana, as well as his latest thematic report on the exclusionary rule and the use of torture-tainted evidence and information by executive actors and agencies within States.
Presentation Before the HRC: Monday, March 10, The Special Rapporteur presented new country and thematic reports on the recent mission to the Republic of Ghana, on the exclusionary rule, and on the use of torture-tainted information and evidence.
- Part I of the Special Rapporteur’s presentation and the interactive dialogue with States at the Human Rights Council is available from UN TV.
- Part II of the interactive dialogue with States and the Special Rapporteur’s concluding remarks at the Human Rights Council is available from UN TV.
- An official summary of the Special Rapporteur’s remarks and the interactive dialogue with States is available from the UN OHCHR.
Press Briefing and Media: The Special Rapporteur held a press conference on Tuesday, March 11.
- Read a press release about the Special Rapporteur’s thematic report on the use of torture-tainted evidence and the exclusionary rule entitled, ‘No More Hypocrisy, Stop Condemning Torture Committed by Others While Accepting Its Products.’
- Listen to an English-language UN Radio clip which explains that the Special Rapporteur criticized the state secrets doctrine and noted that guidelines to prevent torture are not observed by states in his new thematic report.
- Listen to a French-language UN Radio clip describing the Special Rapporteur’s criticism of State-use of torture in the context of the “War against Terror”
Side Events: The Special Rapporteur participated in four side-events alongside colleagues from the UN, State delegates, and partners from civil society organizations.
- On Tuesday, March 11, the Special Rapporteur participated in a side event on the ongoing revision process for the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (SMR), which were the topic of a 2013 thematic report by the Special Rapporteur. For more information about the SMR, please visit our page dedicated to the ongoing revision process. For more information about the side-event, please refer to this flyer.
- On the same day, the Special Rapporteur also participated in side events on Human Rights Violations against Persons with Albinism, and on Challenges and Achievements in the Struggle for the Prevention of Torture in Places of Detention.
- On Wednesday, March 12, the Special Rapporteur participated in a final side event on Body Searches and Inhuman Treatment of Prisoners and Their Relatives, organized by Conectas and CELS. A video recording of the side-event is available from APT Geneva here.