As part of his mandate, the Special Rapporteur on torture conducts several country visits each year pursuant to an invitation by the State’s Government. To date, the SRT has conducted more than 50 country visits, has 31 pending visit requests. The SRT averages about 3 visits per year.
During the visit, the SRT conducts a close assessment of the country’s situation regarding the prohibition of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. In inviting the SRT to conduct a country visit, the State commits to ensuring free and unrestricted access to all places of detention, including the ability to conduct interviews with detainees, torture victims, and their families without government presence, and to meet freely with government and civil society representatives. During each Country Visit, the SRT meets with a host of parties including government officials, civil society representatives, and legal experts, as well as torture victims and their families.
In specific cases, the SRT also conducts Follow-up Visits with the purpose of assessing the status of the SRT’s recommendations in a particular state, and providing support to the government and civil society to promote their effective implementation. The Anti-Torture Initiative works with Special Rapporteur Juan E. Méndez to develop country-specific follow-up activities, including organizing follow-up visits, and engaging with government and civil society representatives to promote and implement the SRT’s recommendations.
The ATI also monitors all developments related to the prohibition of torture in the countries visited by Special Rapporteur Juan E. Méndez during his mandate, including all state, media, and civil society responses to his visits and reports. For further information on the follow-up work of the SRT and the ATI, please visit the links to the right: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uruguay, Tunisia, Morocco, Ghana, Mexico, and The Gambia.