Anti-Torture Initiative Launches New Website -

On Tuesday, June 11, 2013, the Center of Human Rights & Humanitarian Law launched the website of Anti-Torture Initiative (ATI). The website,, is an important new resource and research tool, and serves to continue the Center’s support of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, WCL Professor Juan Mendez.

The website is meant to expand the strategies used to support, monitor, and assess the implementation of the Special Rapporteur’s thematic and country-specific recommendations, and to develop effective follow-up procedures to help eradicate torture around the world. As part of this project, provides a dynamic platform for outreach and advocacy, and serves as a comprehensive resource and research tool. It contains a searchable database of resources related to the mandate’s work, including all thematic, country visit, and observations reports, as well as news updates, press releases, interviews, conferences, hearings, op-eds, and other media coverage.

Additionally, the ATI has launched Facebook and Twitter accounts to create a broader network of advocates working in the field.  The website and social media efforts are key components of a new coordinated outreach strategy which the ATI is undertaking to truly globalize access and resources to the anti-torture work of the Special Rapporteur’s mandate. 

Much work has gone in to compiling this information and building the new website.  The Center would like to give its special thanks to Maria Leoni Zardo, Project Coordinator for the ATI, as well as to Deans Fellows Andra Nicolescu, Diana Damschroder, Paul Jurado, Andrew Crow and Claudia Abasto for their work on this important initiative!

Please take a look at, “Like” the Anti-Torture Initiative on Facebook and also follow us on Twitter: @antitorture_SRT!