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UNSRT: Juan Méndez on the Absolute Prohibition of Torture

last updated Sep 18, 2012

On 10 September, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture (UNSRT) Juan Méndez held a speech at a meeting of the human rights organisation “Redress” at Chatham House on the absolute nature of the prohibition of torture.

Juan E. Méndez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture
Juan E. Méndez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture; Source: United Nations - Geneva

Méndez emphasises that in many countries a general feeling of inevitability of torture has appeared during the last ten years. He believes that a main part of his work as UNSRT will be to try to change this certain feeling of acceptance.


Underlined by examples (u.a. the United States, Brazil and the UK), Méndez talks about the key provisions on torture enshrined in the Convention against Torture and the major principles of international law.


Mendez Speech on Absolute Prohibition of Torture at Chatham House by Atlas of Torture


Chatham House: Enforcing the Absolute Prohibition of Torture

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