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The 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly: Presentation and Interactive Dialogue


On 21 October 2014, the Special Rapporteur addressed the Third Committee of the UNGA and engaged in an interactive dialogue with Member States about his thematic report and other recent activities and topics related to his mandate. This year’s interim report to the General Assembly focuses on the key role that forensic and medical sciences play regarding the obligation of States to investigate and prosecute allegations of torture and other ill-treatment, especially with regard to individual responsibility and the fight against impunity. The Special Rapporteur presented the conclusions and recommendations of this report and provided updates on his 2014 country visits to Mexico, Tunisia, and Tajikistan before the Third Committee.

During the interactive dialogue, the Special Rapporteur was joined by the Chairman of the Committee Against Torture Mr. Claudio Grossman and the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture Mr. Malcolm Evans, who discussed issues related to their mandates, including the status of ratifications of the Convention Against Torture (CAT) and the Optional Protocol and the issues of reprisals and corruption in relation to the fight against torture and other ill-treatment. During the interactive dialogue, the Special Rapporteur engaged with delegates from several states and organizations, including the European Union, Switzerland, Denmark, Argentina, Mexico, the Czech Republic, Bahrain, Norway, the United Kingdom, Brazil, and Morocco.
http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/general-assembly/watch/juan-ernesto-méndez-third-committee-21st-meeting-69th-general-assembly/3851119920001


The 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly: Press conference


Following the presentation and interactive dialogue in the Third Committee, the Special Rapporteur joined UNCAT Chair Mr. Grossman and SPT Chair Mr. Evans in a press conference. During the press conference, the Special Rapporteur discussed the findings of his latest thematic report on forensics, highlighting the conclusions that forensic services must be independent from law enforcement and that investigations into allegations of torture and other ill-treatment must be prompt, impartial, independent, and thorough, and comply with the high standards set out in the Istanbul Protocol.
http://webtv.un.org/media/watch/torture-and-inhuman-punishment-%E2%80%93-press-conference/3851495990001


The 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly: Side event on the role of forensic and medical science in the investigation and prevention of torture and other ill-treatment


On 22 October 2014, the Special Rapporteur participated in a panel discussion on the role of forensic and medical sciences in the investigation and prevention of torture and other ill-treatment, together with other experts, including the Chairman of the Human Rights Committee Sir Nigel Rodley, Dr. Steen Holger Hansen, a forensic pathologist from the University of Copenhagen’s forensic medicine department, and Ms. Miriam Reventlow, Director of IRCT’s legal and advocacy team.

The side-event was organized by the UN OHCHR, the Anti-Torture Initiative and the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT). Based on the Special Rapporteur’s latest thematic report on forensics, it sought to sensitize UN member states to the important role played by forensic sciences in the fight against torture and ill-treatment.
http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/other-meetingsevents/watch/the-role-of-forensic-and-medical-sciences-in-the-investigation-and-prevention-of-torture-and-other-ill-treatment-%96-interactive-dialogue/3853491342001


25th United Nations Human Rights Council: Presentation


The Special Rapporteur presented the conclusions and recommendations of his thematic report, which focuses on the scope and objective of the exclusionary rule in judicial proceedings and in relation to acts by executive actors.
http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/human-rights-council/regular-sessions/25th-session/watch/clustered-id-sr-on-torture-and-human-rights-defenders-16th-meeting-25th-regular-session-of-human-rights-council/3322907990001


UN Special rapporteurs on Syria - "worst violations a State can commit against its people"


Statement delivered on behalf of all Special Procedures mandate-holders of the United Nations Human Rights Council at the Seventeenth Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic.
http://www.youtube.com/v/y8U9RbUXVAI
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