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Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan E. Mendez, participated in the 31st Session of the UN Human Rights Council last week

March 12, 2016 – 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.

Para ver la presentación del Relator Especial de la ONU sobre la Tortura, haga un clic aquí.

To view the Special Rapporteur on Torture’s presentation with English interpretation, click here.

To watch the Interactive Dialogue with responses and statements by Member States and NGOs with English interpretation Part I, click here and Part II, click here.

Para ver el diálogo interactivo con declaraciones del Relator Especial de la ONU sobre la Tortura y otros, haga un clic aquí.

mauritania: “safeguards against torture must be made to work” – UN rights expert urges

February 3, 2016 – Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez concluded his first official visit to Mauritania today. During the visit, the Special Rapporteur visited places of detention and held consultations with high-ranking government officials, civil society groups, and victims’ associations. During a press conference held in Nouakchott, he called upon the Government “to put into practice the existing laws and safeguards for the protection from torture and ill-treatment for all suspects and detainees” in the country. He expressed concern about the near total absence of investigations into allegations of torture and ill-treatment, and noted that that “while not rampant, ill-treatment occurs frequently enough – in particular for more serious crimes – that it merits to be taken seriously by the Government.” The Special Rapporteur thanked the Government for living up to its commitment to respect the integrity and independence of the mission, by providing complete and unhindered access during the visit.  To find out more, visit the OHCHR website here.

First Official Visit to Mauritania

January 27, 2016 – This week, Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez kicked-off his first official country visit to Mauritania. The Special Rapporteur will visit Nouakchott and spend several days in the interior of the country, including the east and the south, to assess the situation of torture and other ill-treatment. During this time, he will meet with government authorities, civil society, and victims and their families, and visit places of detention. “My primary task is to engage with decision-makers and key actors to help the authorities uphold the rule of law, promote accountability for abuses and investigate and prosecute allegations of torture and ill-treatment, and to fulfill the right of reparations for victims,” the Special Rapporteur stated at the start of the visit. The visit takes place as the country faces security challenges linked to terrorist threats and attempts in the Sahel region and as it must also cope with its role as a transit destination for many migrants from neighboring countries and sub-Saharan Africa.  For more information, visit the OHCHR website here.



Observations Report (Mendez 2012)

Observations Report (Nowak 2010)

Observations Report (Nowak 2009)

Observations Report (Nowak 2007)

Observations Report (Nowak 2006)

Observations Report (Van Boven 2005)

Observations Report (Van Boven 2004)