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THE 70TH SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
During the week of Monday, October 19, 2015, Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez will attend the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. During the Session, the Special Rapporteur will present his latest thematic report on the extraterritorial application of the prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment and attendant obligations, and engage in an interactive dialogue on his recent activities and other topics related to his mandate, such as recent country visits. The Special Rapporteur will hold a press conference and participate in thematic side-events alongside UN colleagues, State delegates, and civil society partners in New York City.
PRESENTATION AND INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE
On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, the Special Rapporteur will address the Third Committee of the UNGA and engage in an interactive dialogue with Member States about his thematic report and other recent activities, including country visits to Georgia, Brazil, and Ghana. This year’s interim report to the General Assembly focuses on ensuring that States abide by their fundamental human rights obligation to prohibit torture and other forms of ill-treatment when they act extraterritorially. The Special Rapporteur will present the conclusions and recommendations of this report and provide updates on his 2015 country visits to Georgia, Brazil, and Ghana before the Third Committee.
During the interactive dialogue, the Special Rapporteur will be joined by the Chairman of the Committee Against Torture (CAT), Mr. Claudio Grossman, and the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT), Mr. Malcolm Evans, who will discuss issues related to their mandates. A video of the presentation and interactive dialogue will be available on UN TV.
Following Tuesday’s presentation and interactive dialogue in the Third Committee, the Special Rapporteur will be joined by CAT Chair, Mr. Grossman, and SPT Chair, Mr. Evans, in a press conference at 1:15pm in room S-237 at the UN Headquarters.
SIDE-EVENTS AND MEETINGS
On Monday, October 19, 2015, between 3:00pm and 5:00pm in Conference Room 8 (UNHQ), the Anti-Torture Initiative will hold a side-event co-sponored by Penal Reform International on the revised Standard Minimum Rules for Treatment of Prisoners (to be known as the “Mandela Rules” in honor the legacy of late President, Nelson Mandela), which set standards on the treatment of prisoners and have been put forward for final approval by the UNGA. The expert panel will focus on the areas and Rules of particular relevance to the prevention of torture and ill-treatment and initiate a discussion on the implementation of the Mandela Rules. For more information about this panel, please click here.
On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, between 3:00pm and 4:30pm in Conference Room 12 (UNHQ), the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) and the Convention on Torture Initiative (CTI) will host a side-event on the CTI project, which is a ten-year global plan to attain universal ratification of the UN Convention Against Torture by 2024. The CTI was launched in March 2014 by the Governments of Chile, Denmark, Ghana, Indonesia, and Morocco.
On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, between 10:00am and 12:00pm in Conference Room F (UNHQ), the Anti-Torture Initiative will host a side-event on the Special Rapporteur’s thematic report on the extraterritorial application of the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and attendant obligations under international law. The side-event will sensitize Member States of the importance of recognizing their fundamental extraterritorial obligations and ways in which they can fulfill them in light of the increasingly globalized and transnational nature of their activities. For more information about this panel, please click here.
The Special Rapporteur will also participate in a number of informal meetings with UN colleagues and civil society partners to address an array of human rights issues.