The latest report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez calls on States to develop a universal set of standards for non-coercive interviewing methods and procedural safeguards aiming to ensure that no person is subjected to torture, ill-treatment, or coercion during questioning.

This recording of a side-event organised at the United Nations General Assembly, 71st Session, in October 2016 features the following speakers:

  • Mr. Juan E. Méndez, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
  • Ms. Katherine Hawkins, Senior Counsel, the Constitution Project
  • Prof. Shane O’Mara (Remotely), Professor, Trinity College Dublin, Institute of Neuroscience
  • Dr. Asbjørn Rachlew, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights;Superintendent, Norwegian Police (on leave)
  • Mr. Gaston Chillier, Executive Director, Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales
  • Mr. Mark Thomson, Secretary General, Association for the Prevention of Torture
  • Mr. Mark Kelly, International Human Rights Lawyer; Member, European Committee for the Prevention of Torture
  • Ambassador Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the United Nations
  • Ambassador Matin Shearman, Ambassador for Human Rights, Development, and Peacebuilding, United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations