Special Rapporteur on Torture releases a new report to the Human Rights Council

Juan Mendez, Special Rapporteur on Torture and WCL professor, released a thematic report on abuses in health care settings. The report, submitted to the Human Rights Council, explores cruel and inhumane treatment in health care settings, identifying the extent of State’s obligations to prevent and protect against these practices. By applying the torture and ill-treatment protection framework, this report explains how such care can violate the prohibition on torture demonstrating that forced sterilizations, involuntary detention, and other intrusive “therapeutic” measures taken in the name of treatment could rise to the level of torture or cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.

The Special Rapporteur works closely with the Center’s Anti-Torture Initiative in his efforts to report and analyze developing trends in the prohibition of torture and ill treatment in international law and to follow up on the implementation of his recommendations.