Uruguay is advancing in the fight against torture and cruel treatment, but much remains to be done (in Spanish)

Uruguay is advancing in the fight against torture and cruel treatment, but much remains to be done (in Spanish)

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan E. Mendez pointed out on Thursday that several initiatives of the Government of Uruguay “positively contribute to improving the conditions of detention and of the prison system in general.” However, he stressed that “there are still several problems that prevent the general conditions of detention from being satisfactory, [...]

UPR of Argentina: Overcoming a junta and an economic crisis, Argentina faces ongoing challenges

UPR of Argentina: Overcoming a junta and an economic crisis, Argentina faces ongoing challenges

The International Service for Human Rights reports that Argentina participated in the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on 22 October. Represented by Mr Juan Martin Fresneda the State Secretary for Human Rights, Argentina outlined the progress that it has made since the first cycle in 2008.
Mr Fresneda stressed that since the first [...]

The Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture 2012 visits to Latin America

The Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture 2012 visits to Latin America

During the first half of 2012, the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) carried out two visits to the Latin American region in the context of its preventive visiting and advisory mandate under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT).
Visit to Argentina
From 18 to [...]

Ecuador completes second universal period review

Ecuador completes second universal period review

The second Universal Period Review (UPR) report of Ecuador was considered during the 13th session of the Human Rights Council, on May 21 2012.
Led by the Vice-President Mr Lenin Moreno Garcès, the high-level delegation, which also included the Ecuadorian Minister of Justice, engaged proactively in the interactive dialogue. Indeed, as noted by the ‘International Service [...]

Project coordinator contributes to UN e-discussion on the role of NHRIs in the second cycle of the UPR

Project coordinator contributes to UN e-discussion on the role of NHRIs in the second cycle of the UPR

Tom Pegram, project co-coordinator, has contributed to an e-Discussion being conducted across UN knowledge networks on the role of NHRIs in the second cycle of the UPR. The e-Discussion is an opportunity to share experiences, good practices and lessons learned on UN and national engagement with the UPR process, and to reflect on opportunities and [...]