VIDEOS OF THE DAY
UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan E. Méndez
UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Juan E. Méndez discusses what a #TortureFreeWorld means to him, and his work in pursuit of this goal.
Reverend Nicholas Mercer
Former Lieutenant-Colonel Nicholas Mercer, the senior legal officer of the British forces during the invasion of Iraq, discusses how and why he began working for a #TortureFreeWorld.
Dr. Karen Hanscom (U.S.A.), Dr. Boris Drožđek (The Netherlands), and Dr. Yadira Narvaez (Ecuador) discuss the role of healthcare professionals, and of rehabilitation, in creating a #TortureFreeWorld.
National Preventive Mechanisms
Representatives of the National Preventive Mechanisms (the national oversight bodies of places where persons are deprived of liberty), Helga Fastrup Ervik (Norway), Boubou Diouf Tall (Senegal), Ajar Boobekova (Kyrgyzstan), Nika Kvaratskhelia (Georgia) and Stella Maris Cacace (Paraguay) discuss what a #TortureFreeWorld means to them.
Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights
Nancy Lopez, Director of the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights Legal Team explains the work that her organization does in pursuit of a #TortureFreeWorld.
Penitentiary Academy of Panama
Employees of the Panamanian Penitentiary Academy discuss what a #TortureFreeWorld means to them and their role in creating a #TortureFreeWorld.
Rached Jaidane (Tunisia), Yefri Edgar Peña Tuánama (Peru), Janak Bahadur Raut Chhetri (Nepal) and Jawad Fairooz (Bahrain) discuss their experiences and work for a #TortureFreeWorld.
Center for Victims of Torture
Counselors, psychotherapists and trainers working with the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) on the ground in Ethiopia and Jordan discuss their work to create a #TortureFreeWorld.
Breaking Down the Box
"Breaking Down the Box" is a 40-minute documentary released by the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, which examines issues of mental health, racial justice, and the human rights implications of the systemic use of solitary confinement in United States prisons, including the ways in which solitary confinement can amount to torture. The documentary features an interview with United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez, and is a call to action for greater engagement in the growing nationwide movement for restorative alternatives to isolated confinement that prioritize rehabilitation, therapeutic interventions, and recovery, and in the fight for a #TortureFreeWorld.
Reverend Ron Stief
Reverend Ron Stief, Executive Director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), reflects on his work for a #TortureFreeWorld and the role to be played by communities of faith in the fight against torture.