Annual Report of the Rio de Janeiro Sub-National Preventive Mechanism to Combat Torture exposes overflowing prison system

Annual Report of the Rio de Janeiro Sub-National Preventive Mechanism to Combat Torture exposes overflowing prison system

The Rio de Janeiro Sub-National Preventive Mechanism to Combat Torture has issued its 2012 report.  Brazil ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture in 2007 but is yet to designate its National Preventive Mechanism (NPM).  Brazil is now in violation of Article 17 of the OPCAT which stipulates that the State Parties to [...]

IACHR Welcomes Law Creating the National Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture in Argentina

IACHR Welcomes Law Creating the National Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture in Argentina

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) welcomes the National Congress of Argentina’s recent approval of legislation that creates the System for Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment. The IACHR applauds this action as an important step in protecting the fundamental rights of persons deprived of liberty and the fulfillment of [...]

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 [...]