UN Special Rapporteur on Torture discusses setbacks in abolishing torture

April 25, 2012

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UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez described the humanitarian crisis in Syria as 'the worst violations a state can commit against its people.'

As a young attorney in Argentina, Juan Mendez was arrested and tortured by the military for representing political prisoners. After being deemed a "prisoner of conscious" by human rights watchdog Amnesty International, he was exiled to the U.S. He then founded Human Rights Watch's Americas program in 1982. Now Juan is the UN's Special Rapporteur on Torture. He tells Worldview about torture's role within various judicial systems around the world.