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Special Rapporteur Interviews with LA NACION in Argentina

July 9, 2015 – In this Spanish language article, Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez speaks with Argentine newspaper LaNacion about his work and obstacles that present themselves in the fight for a ‪#‎TortureFreeWorld‬, including state practices that do not conform to existing legal standards and public opinion.

“Before 2001 and the 9/11 attacks, there was a clear global consensus that the use of torture was immoral and inefficient. Today, pop culture, TV and cinema are conditioning us to accept torture as a necessary evil in the fight against terrorism. Until we recover a universal moral consensus against the use of torture, it will be very difficult to eradicate worldwide.”

The Special Rapporteur further emphasized the need for States to find a solution to prison overcrowding, to decriminalize certain minor offenses with a view to reducing the prison population, and to implement national preventive mechanisms against torture. By accepting the use of torture in prisons, the Special Rapporteur warned, we risk “destroying the fabric of our society.”

To read the full article in LANACION, please click here.

First Annual Patrick Rice Human Rights Award Presented to Méndez and Diez-Bacalso

June 2013 – Torture Abolition and Survivor Support Coalition (TASSC) awarded the First Annual Patrick Rice Human Rights Award to Juan E. Méndez and Aileen Diez-Bacalso for their ardent defense of human rights around the world. Patrick Rice was a former Irish priest, leading human rights activist, and disappeared detainee who was tortured by the junta in Argentina during the Dirty War. As a result of the oppression during the dictatorship, he vigorously represented families of the disappeared in Latin America and worked with Argentine human rights NGOs. His wife, Fatima Cabrera, presented the award, stating that “defending human rights is to open up to the possibility of sharing with other human beings the generosity that lies within each of us.” Juan Méndez expressed his deep gratitude for the award, sharing the life changing impact of his connection with Patrick Rice. Watch the video here.

Video and photo credit: The National Religious Campaign Against Torture.

Observations Report (Mendez 2013)

Observations Report (Mendez 2012)

Solitary Confinement – Thematic Report (Mendez 2011)

Observations Report (Nowak 2010)

Observations Report (Nowak 2007)

Observations Report (Van Boven 2005)

Observations Report (Van Boven 2004)

Observations Report (Van Boven 2003)