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

  • On October 18, 2016, Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez will be addressing the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly. During his final appearance before the General Assembly as Special Rapporteur, Mr. Mendez will present his latest thematic report on the need for the development of a universal protocol for investigative interviewing and attendant safeguards that is grounded in absolute legal prohibition of torture and ill-treatment. The session will be livestreamed. For more information on this presentation and side-events to be held in New York City with the Special Rapporteur from October 17 to 19, please click on the adjacent image.

  • During the week of March 7 - 11, 2016, Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez participated in the 31st Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva. During the Session, the Special Rapporteur presented his latest thematic report on gender perspectives on torture and engaged in an interactive dialogue on his recent activities and other topics related to his mandate, including recent country visits to Brazil, Georgia, Ghana, and Mauritania. The Special Rapporteur held a press conference and participated in thematic side-events alongside UN colleagues, State delegates, and civil society partners in Geneva. The side-events explored the topics of children deprived of liberty, gender perspectives and torture, and Guantanamo Bay, among other topics. To learn more about and follow the Special Rapporteur’s week at the HRC, please visit this page. To learn more about the activities and access relevant documentation and links, please click on the adjacent image.

  • Welcome to the Anti-Torture Initiative (ATI), a project of the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law! We work to expand the strategies of UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Juan E. Mendez (SRT) in furtherance of his mandate. Please have a look at our website to learn more about how we help support, monitor, and assess implementation of the SRT’s recommendations, and provide a multi-dynamic model for effective thematic and country-specific follow-up. Please click on the adjacent image to read our latest news!

  • Between Monday, October 19 and Wednesday, October 21, 2015, Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez will attend the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. During the session, the Special Rapporteur will present his latest thematic report on the extraterritorial application of the prohibition of torture and attendant obligations in international law and engage in an interactive dialogue on his recent activities related to his mandate, such as country visits. He will also hold a press conference together and participate and thematic side-events alongside UN colleagues, State delegates, and civil society partners in New York City. To learn more about the Special Rapporteur's upcoming week at the General Assembly and to access links to live webcasts of the events, please click on the adjacent image.

  • Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez is undertaking a country visit to Brazil at the invitation of the Government from August 3 to 14, 2015, to identify and assess the main challenges related to torture and other ill-treatment in the country. During the 12 day visit, the Special Rapporteur will conduct unannounced visits to places of detention such as police stations, pre-trial facilities, and penitentiaries in the federal district and the states of Sao Paulo, Sergipe, Maranhao, and Alagoas. “I look forward to engaging with the Brazilian Government on how the meet the challenges of upholding the rule of law, promoting accountability, and fulfilling the right of reparations for victims,” the Special Rapporteur has stated. He will meet with relevant authorities and human rights institutions at the federal and state levels, as well as with international and regional civil society organizations, victims and their families. The Special Rapporteur will share his preliminary comments and recommendations at an August 14 press conference in Brasilia. The Special Rapporteur will present a final report to the Human Rights Council in March 2016. To learn more about the visit, please click on the adjacent image.

  • On Wednesday, 17 June 2015, The Anti-Torture Initiative, in collaboration with six global partners, launched the second edition of the#TortureFreeWorld Campaign, featuring a new #TortureFreeWorld website. The #TortureFreeWorld website and campaign will be a platform for survivors, anti-torture advocates, and human rights experts and practitioners from around the world to share stories, experiences, and work together for a #TortureFreeWorld. “A #TortureFreeWorld is not just something we imagine, it is something we work towards every day. As a survivor of torture I know how important it is to work in solidarity, support survivors and change laws and policies to truly realize a #TortureFreeWorld,” United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez said at the launch of the campaign. To learn more about the campaign and about our upcoming June 26 Webinar marking International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, please click on the adjacent image.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime hosted an Expert Group Meeting in Vienna

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime hosted an Expert Group Meeting in Vienna

This week, the Anti-Torture Initiative participated in an Expert Group Meeting hosted by the UNODC – United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, to review the development of guidance material on the Nelson Mandela Rules (United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners. Over the course of two days, experts fromContinue Reading

Experts Meet in Geneva to Discuss a Protocol for Humane Interrogations

Experts Meet in Geneva to Discuss a Protocol for Humane Interrogations

During the week of January 27th, experts met in Geneva to move forward with the idea of an universal protocol for investigative interviewing of detainees, as proposed by former Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez. Juan Mendez ended his mandate as UN Special Rapporteur on Torture in 2016 with a ground-breaking proposal for a universalContinue Reading

Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Issue Statement on the New U.S. Administration Torture Policies

Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Issue Statement on the New U.S. Administration Torture Policies

On November 17, 2016, the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the Washington College of Law issued strong statement on the Trump administration and reiterated its commitment to the protection of civil liberties, justice and human rights for all people. The Center vowed to hone in on areas where progress is not onlyContinue Reading

Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer Joins Experts in Statement on U.S. Travel Ban

Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer Joins Experts in Statement on U.S. Travel Ban

January 27, 2017 – A group of United Nations human rights experts today said that the Executive Order signed by US President Donald Trump on 27 January 2017 breaches the country’s international human rights obligations, which protect the principles of non-refoulement and non-discrimination based on race, nationality or religion. The Presidential Executive Order bars allContinue Reading