May 20, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The top UN human rights expert on torture, Juan Mendez, called Monday for the adoption of the revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners in an open letter to the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. The revised Rules include several practical elements that ...[read more]
November 8, 2014
by William Helbling
The United Nations (UN) on Saturday reported that special rapporteurs Christof Heyns and Juan Mendez were blocked from completing a torture and killing investigation in Gambia. The investigation was lead by the two UN experts to assess the practice of the right to life laws of Gambia and to ...[read more]
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]

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