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Special Rapporteur on Torture Hosts Expert Consultation on Investigative Interviewing Practices

Special Rapporteur on Torture Hosts Expert Consultation on Investigative Interviewing Practices

July, 13 2016 — Last week, the Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez and the Anti-Torture Initiative hosted an expert consultation to inform the drafting of the Special Rapporteur’s forthcoming and final report to the United Nations General Assembly on interrogation techniques. During the meeting, practitioners, academics, advocates, and experts from around the world discussed standards for investigative interviewing practices by law enforcement and associated legal safeguards applicable in the context of criminal justice, counter-terrorism operations, and armed conflict situations.

Human Rights Experts Call on States to Increase Efforts to Prevent Torture‬ of LGBTI People in Detention

Human Rights Experts Call on States to Increase Efforts to Prevent Torture‬ of LGBTI People in Detention

June 26, 2016 — On the occasion of International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, a group of United Nations Human Rights experts, including the Special Rapporteur on Torture, called on States to redouble efforts to prevent the ill-treatment and ‪#‎torture‬ faced by LGBTI people in places of detention.

“Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons face multiple and extreme forms of violence and discrimination, including torture and ill-treatment, and this is exacerbated when they are deprived of their liberty, for example in prisons where they are often subjected to abuse both by fellow inmates and staff.” the experts stated. “LGBTI people are often stigmatized and dehumanized, leaving them particularly vulnerable to violence and ill-treatment, that in many cases amounts to torture and is a clear violation of State obligations under international human rights law and standards such as the Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Human Rights Law in relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity,” they continued.

To read the full press release, please click here.

ATI and Civil Society Partners Call on States to Ratify and Implement the OPCAT

ATI and Civil Society Partners Call on States to Ratify and Implement the OPCAT

June 24, 2016 — On the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT), the Anti-Torture Initiative joined partner civil society organizations to call upon States to come together and renew their commitment to prevent torture. The group urged States to ratify and effectively implement the OPCAT, set up National Preventive Mechanisms, and take concrete measures to ensure that no person is subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

To read the joint civil society statement, please click here.

Special Rapporteur on Torture Receives Annual Center for Victims of Torture Eclipse Award

Special Rapporteur on Torture Receives Annual Center for Victims of Torture Eclipse Award

June, 22 2016 — Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Ernesto Mendez received this year’s annual Center for Victims of Torture Eclipse Award in recognition of his unwavering, lifelong devotion to the preservation of human rights, the prevention of torture and the rehabilitation of survivors.

“In presenting him with this year’s Eclipse Award, CVT commends Juan Méndez for his global leadership at the UN and his lifetime of work to prevent torture and advocate for survivors,” said Curt Goering, CVT’s executive director. “As a torture survivor and tireless, lifelong campaigner for human rights himself, there is not a more powerful or more credible voice in the campaign to end torture worldwide and heal its wounds.”

To read the statement by the Center for Victims of Torture, please click here.

Special Rapporteur on Torture Publishes Op-Ed on Solitary Confinement and the Treatment of Prisoners

Special Rapporteur on Torture Publishes Op-Ed on Solitary Confinement and the Treatment of Prisoners

June 20, 2016 — The Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez published an op-ed in Canada’s Globe and Mail on Monday discussing how prisons all over the world use extreme isolation of inmates, a practice defined as any regime in which prisoners remain alone from 22 to 24 hours a day, despite the absolute prohibition of physical and mental torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The Special Rapporteur stated that solitary confinement has become more widespread in recent decades, and in many countries, seems to be used for longer and longer periods of time. He explained that “psychiatric literature suggests that social isolation inflicts psychological pain and suffering on its subject and that its consequences become more severe the longer the period of solitary confinement.”

The Special Rapporteur highlighted the significance of the revised and updated version of the Standard Minimum Rules on the Treatment of Prisoners, now called the Mandela Rules, which prohibit indefinite isolation as well as its use for prolonged periods – defined as any period exceeding 15 days. He emphasized how the Rules also forbid solitary confinement, of any duration, when used on certain categories of prisoners, including children and adolescents, persons with any mental disability, and pregnant or breast-feeding women, which he advocated for in his 2011 thematic report on Solitary Confinement. While the Special Rapporteur noted that isolation can serve some legitimate purposes, he stressed that “its use must be strictly limited in time and applied with due process safeguards, such as an independent adjudicator, a right to a hearing, and judicial control and review.”

To read the full op-ed, please click here.

Join Us for a Week-Long Retrospective of the Special Rapporteur on Torture’s Work for a #TortureFreeWorld

Join Us for a Week-Long Retrospective of the Special Rapporteur on Torture’s Work for a #TortureFreeWorld

June 20, 2016 — Ahead of International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, we are launching a week-long retrospective of the Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez’s work for a #TortureFreeWorld. Throughout the week, we will be highlighting some of the most significant contributions made by the Rapporteurship over the last six years.

Check out our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter for a look back on the Special Rapporteur’s work.

To read the Special Rapporteur’s Thematic Reports, please click here.

To read the Special Rapporteur’s Country Reports, please click here.

New York Times Editorial Board Calls on President Obama to Grant the Special Rapporteur on Torture Access to Guantanamo

New York Times Editorial Board Calls on President Obama to Grant the Special Rapporteur on Torture Access to Guantanamo

June 20, 2016 — Today, The New York Times Editorial Board called on President Barack Obama to grant United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Ernesto Mendez access to visit and interview detainees in the Guantánamo Bay detention facility. “I want to believe that the use of torture by the United States is a dark chapter that has ended,” the Special Rapporteur said in an interview. “But I can’t be certain of that until we see a change in policy and verify that the United States is meeting all its international obligations,” he concluded.

Earlier this year, the Special Rapporteur and other independent human rights experts noted that “long term security can be regained [by the US] if a page is turned on this dark chapter of post-September 11 practices in response to terrorism,” and called on the Government to: end the prolonged arbitrary detention of all persons held at Guantánamo; establish an independent oversight mechanism to receive complaints, review all allegations of torture and ill-treatment, and provide access to effective remedies to all persons endured prolonged arbitrary arrest and/or physical and mental suffering; dismantle the military commissions at Guantánamo Bay and transfer the detainees charged with a criminal offence to United States federal facilities on the mainland; and investigate, prosecute and punish officials, public servants and military contractors who committed torture and other cruel or inhuman treatment, as well as those high level officials who ordered, tolerated or instigated such crimes.

The full article is available here.

UN Human Rights Experts Hail Progress Despite Obstacles on International Albinism Awareness Day

UN Human Rights Experts Hail Progress Despite Obstacles on International Albinism Awareness Day

June 13, 2016 — Today, on International Albinism Awareness Day, Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez joined other United Nations Human Rights experts in drawing awareness to the fact that despite progress in protecting the human rights of persons with albinism, key obstacles remain. Physical attacks – particularly of women and children – continue and have now been reported in areas and countries where it was believed not to have been an issue. New cases of violence show that a lot of work remains to be done to bring tangible hope and change to the lives of persons with albinism, who continue to suffer discrimination and live in fear of attacks. Too often, persons with albinism are not provided with reasonable accommodation for their visual impairment and do not have access to adequate health care. In a time when diversity is celebrated, no one should be cast out, violated or attacked due to his or her appearance. “On this second International Albinism Awareness Day, we celebrate persons with albinism who have overcome tremendous challenges to de-mystify albinism using the example of their lives,” the experts stated.

To read the full press release, please click here.

Please visit the United Nations Human Rights website dedicated to the human rights of people with albinism.

 

El Relator Especial atendió al seminario de UNICEF al respecto de las condiciones de privación de libertad de niños, niñas y adolescentes

El Relator Especial atendió al seminario de UNICEF al respecto de las condiciones de privación de libertad de niños, niñas y adolescentes

El 25 de mayo de 2016 el Relator Especial sobre la Tortura, Juan Ernesto Mendez, atendió al seminario de UNICEF en Buenos Aires en fecha 19 y 20 de Mayo donde se trataron temas sobre sistemas de supervisión y monitoreo de las condiciones de privación de libertad de niños, niñas y adolescentes. En palabras del Relator: “la situación es preocupante porque cuanto más alta es la tasa de encarcelamiento, más es la incidencia de maltrato, tortura y aislamiento.”

Así también para el Relator “encontrar las maneras más racionales, y por lo tanto más humanitarias, para combatir la criminalidad, que permitan rescatar y rehabilitar a niños, niñas y adolescentes” es de suma importancia.

Para mas información pueden acceder al siguiente video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzFWzCj8k70

El Relator Especial Juan E. Mendez asisitió al debate sobre “El rol del Estado frente a la violencia contra las mujeres” en Buenos Aires

El Relator Especial Juan E. Mendez asisitió al debate sobre “El rol del Estado frente a la violencia contra las mujeres” en Buenos Aires

El 19 de Mayo de 2016 el Relator Especial sobre la Tortura, Juan E. Mendez, asistió al debate sobre “El rol del Estado frente a la violencia contra las mujeres: tortura y otros malos tratos en el ámbito de la salud sexual y reproductiva,” organizado por Amnistía Internacional Argentina y la Comisión de Derechos Humanos y Garantías de la Cámara de Diputados de la Nación.

El Relator Especial sobre la Tortura presentó su informe tematico, que brinda una perspectiva transversal y de género a la agenda de tortura y malos tratos. El Relator Especial evaluó la aplicabilidad de la prohibición de la tortura y otros tratos o penas crueles, inhumanos o degradantes en el derecho internacional a las experiencias propias de las mujeres, las niñas y las personas lesbianas, gays, bisexuales, transgénero e intersexuales

Para mayor informacion al respecto de este debate puede acceder a la siguiente pagina web:
http://www.amnistia.org.ar/sites/all/themes/template_ai/violenciaytortura.pdf?utm_source&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Charla+-+SSRR