CVT congratulates Juan Méndez on his appointment as UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

CVT congratulates Juan Méndez on his appointment as UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

St. Paul—The Center for Victims of Torture today congratulated longtime human rights advocate and torture survivor Juan Méndez on his recent appointment as the new UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment. As the UN Special Rapporteur, Méndez is responsible for examining questions of torture and reports to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

Méndez, a native of Argentina and a torture survivor himself, has devoted his life to the protectionof human rights and the prevention of torture. He was tortured and detained for 18 months as a result of his representation of political prisoners in Argentina during the military dictatorship.

Since his arrival in the United States in 1977, Méndez has served in several human rights roles, including at Human Rights Watch, the International Center for Transitional Justice, the UN, and in academia.

“CVT congratulates and commends Juan for his new global leadership at the UN,” said Douglas A. Johnson, Executive Director, Center for Victims of Torture. “As a torture survivor, Juan is a powerful voice on behalf of other torture victims worldwide. We look forward to working with him as CVT brings healing care to torture survivors and works to end the use torture.”


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