with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment
The 31st Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

The 31st Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

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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  click here (Part I) and here (Part II)

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

THE 31ST SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

During the week of Monday, March 7, 2016, the Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez attended the 31st Session of the United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC) in Geneva. During the Session, the Special Rapporteur presented his latest thematic report on gender perspectives on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, 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.

 

PRESENTATION AND INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE

On Tuesday, March 8, 2015, the Special Rapporteur addressed the Human Rights Council and engaged in an interactive dialogue with Member States about his new thematic report, recent country visits, and other activities. This year’s thematic report focuses on the applicability of the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in international law to the unique experiences of women, girls, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons. The Special Rapporteur presented the conclusions and recommendations of this report, and also presented his reports on his visits to Georgia and Brazil, his follow-up visit to Ghana, and on his observations report, which details his communications with Governments on individual cases during the past yearHe also provided an update on his recent visit to Mauritania. He engaged in an interactive dialogue with representatives from Member States and civil society.

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  click here (Part I) and here (Part II)

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

 PRESS CONFERENCE

On Wednesday, March 9 at 10:30 AM, the Special Rapporteur held a press conference.

SIDE-EVENTS AND MEETINGS

On Monday, March 7 2016 between 4:00pm and 6:00pm Geneva time, the Special Rapporteur participated in a side-event on the “Effective Monitoring of Child Detention Facilities, which was organized by Defense for Children International (DCI) and co-sponsored by the World Organization against Torture (OMCT), the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), and the Anti-Torture Initiative. The expert panel discussed the new European Practical Guide for monitoring places where children are deprived of liberty and identify opportunities for use and cross-pollination in other regions. For more information about this panel, please click here.

On Wednesday, March 9 from 12:00pm and 2:00pm the Anti-Torture Initiative hosted a Side-event on the Special Rapporteur’s latest thematic report on thematic report on gender perspectives on torture. This event provided an opportunity to sensitize member States to their heightened obligations to prevent and combat gender-based violence and discrimination against women, girls, and LGBTI persons that amount to torture or other ill-treatment. The Special Rapporteur on Torture was joined by the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, a member of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence Against Children, as well as representatives from the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, the Danish Institute Against Torture, and Amnesty International. For more information about this event, please click here.

On Wednesday, March 9 from 2:30 and 3:15pm Geneva time the Special Rapporteur participated in a side-event on the topic of Guantanamo Bay and accountability for torture, which was co-sponsored by Human Rights Advocates, Amnesty International, Conectas and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). For more information about this event, please click here.

On Thursday March 10 from 10am and 12:00pm Geneva time the Special Rapporteur participated in a side-event on the “Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty,” which was co-organized by the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children (SRSG) and Defense for Children International (DCI). The Special Rapporteur discussed his 2015 thematic report and work on children deprived of liberty. For more information about this event, please click here.

On Thursday March 10 2016 at 1pm Geneva time the Special Rapporteur participated in a side-event on the topic of LGBTI Persons and Torture, which explored the unique experiences of torture and other ill-treatment experienced by LGBTI persons in both in the criminal justice system and in non-penal settings. The event was co-sponsored by the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, and the Anti-Torture Initiative. For more information about this event, please click here.

The Special Rapporteur also participated in a number of informal meetings with UN colleagues and civil society partners to address an array of human rights issues.