September 10, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Two experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) urged Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to implement an immediate moratorium on the death penalty following an increase in executions, with a significant number of the executions completed by beheading. The experts include the ...[read more]
June 26, 2014
by Peter Snyder
UN Special Rapporteurs on torture and the right to health, Juan Mendez and Anand Grover, on Wednesday urged the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, to withdraw proposed amendments to the Prisons Act which would allow the forced feeding and medical treatment of inmates currently participating in a ...[read more]
March 13, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
The UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez on Wednesday urged governmental bodies to refuse goods and information obtained by "acts of torture and ill-treatment" in other countries. Mendez noted the hypocrisy of governments that condemn torture committed by another country while continuing ...[read more]
February 13, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
The UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez on Wednesday urged the Tajikistan government to implement policies and laws that have been previously adopted by the government in order to end torture and ill-treatment within the country. Mendez was encouraged by Tajikistan's response to his last ...[read more]
November 15, 2013
by Stephen Adelgren
UN Special Rapporteur Juan Mendez on Thursday expressed concern over the conditions in Ghana prisons. After visiting several prisons around the country, reviewing studies, and speaking with prison employees and inmates, Mendez concluded that the state of prisons in the country amounts to cruel, ...[read more]
October 23, 2013
by Bradley McAllister
UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez on Tuesday encouraged governmental review of the UN Standard Minimum Rules for Treatment of Prisoners adopted in 1955, with particular emphasis on limiting solitary confinement. Mendez noted the rules fail to keep pace with international human rights ...[read more]
October 8, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez on Monday urged the US to immediately end the solitary confinement imposed in 1972 on a former Black Panther. Albert Woodfox was serving a prison sentence for armed robbery in 1972, when he and another inmate Herman Wallace were charged and convicted of ...[read more]
August 24, 2013
by Endia Vereen
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez on Friday urged the US government to ban the use of prolonged or indefinite solitary confinement. In several California prisons, hunger strikes began on July 8, with more than 30,000 inmates refusing food to protest the allegedly cruel ...[read more]
March 6, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez called Tuesday for a debate on abuses and mistreatment in health care settings that potentially equate to torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment. The call for debate was based upon a report released in February that detailed the ...[read more]
September 24, 2012
by Michael Haggerson
UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez said Saturday after a visit to Morocco that the human rights situation in the country is improving but that more effort is needed to eradicate torture. Mendez stated that the situation pertaining to torture had improved greatly over the past decade, ...[read more]

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