September, 2010 Manfred Nowak, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, issued the following powerful statement on acid attacks as torture in Geneva at a Side Event on 15 September 2010, at a Side Event in Geneva. “In the case of women victims of acid attacks, they are faced both by physical challenges, that may require long term surgical treatment, as well as by psychological challenges, which require long-term intervention from counsellors at each stage of the physical recovery. It is crucial to interpret the torture protection framework in the light of a wide range of human rights guarantees, in particular the set of rules that has developed to combat violence against women, which can provide valuable insights into the particular challenges posed by such type of violence as well as the specific needs of the victims.
When viewed through the prism of the anti-torture framework, the fight to end violence against women can be strengthened and provided with a broader scope of prevention, protection, justice and reparation for women. Read the entire statement (PDF)
February, 2013 The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Méndez, presented his report to the United Nations on 1 February 2013, condemning the segregation and abuse of people with disabilities as violations of the UN Convention Against Torture… The conceptualization of abuses in health-care settings as torture or ill-treatment is a relatively recent phenomenon.” the Special Rapporteur embraces this ongoing paradigm shift, which increasingly encompasses various forms of abuse in health-care settings within the discourse on torture. Read the Report (PDF)
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