Special Rapporteur on Torture Presents Report on Gambia to UN Human Rights Council


Ousman Sillah From March 9 – 11, 2015, the Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E.Special Rapporteur Juan E. Mendez Mendez addressed the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Genevaand discussed his latest country reports on a visit to The Gambia.After presenting a comprehensive report with an assessment of the situation, conclusions and recommendations, among others, the Special Rapporteur on Torture engaged in an interactive dialogue with Member States and civil society on issues concerning the situation of human rights in The Gambia. In a summary of the advance report, it is stated “The Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment undertook a visit to The Gambia from 3 to 7 November 2014. “This was the first visit ever by United Nations Special Procedures but it was compromised due to the Government’s unwillingness to grant freedom of movement and inquiry to all areas of detention facilities, despite its initial acceptance of the terms of reference for all country visits by mandate holders.  This report presents the Rapporteur’s  main findings and proposes recommendations which he hopes the Government will use to commence a constructive dialogue with all interlocutors to strengthen legal safeguards to prevent torture and ill-treatment and improve the conditions of those deprived of their liberty.” Foroyaa will publish the full report in subsequent publications.]]>