Tag Archives: Forced disappearances

UN Experts Raise Alarm on Continuous Violence and Insecurity in the Central African Republic

August 2013 – UN Experts expressed serious concern over the situation of human rights in the Central African Republic, warning that “the rule of law is almost non-existent, and abuses of power and impunity have become the norm.” Over the last five months, an absence of the rule of law has prevailed in the country, resulting in reports of acts of killings, torture, arbitrary detention, gender-based violence, enforced disappearances, and ‘mob justice.’ The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture warned that “torture seems to be widespread in the country,” and noted his concern that at least 25 persons have reportedly died as a result of torture and CIDT. He urges authorities to investigate every allegation of torture or CIDT and bring those responsible to justice. Read the full article 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.

Issues of Special Concern: Intimidation, Forced Disappearance, Sexual Minorities, Impunity, and Prevention – Thematic Report (Rodley 2001)

Mandate, Methods of Work, and Activities – Thematic Report (Rodley 2001)

Mandate, Methods of Work, and Gender-Based Torture – Thematic Report – (Rodley 1995); Observations Report (Rodley 1995)

Colombia – Country Visit Report (Rodley 1995)

Mandate, Activities, and Thematic Issues – Thematic Report (Kooijmans 1986)

Colombia – Country Visit Report (Rodley 1995)

Mandate, Methods of Work, and Gender-Based Torture – Thematic Report – (Rodley 1995); Observations Report (Rodley 1995)