April 24, 2012, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.International House Assembly Hall
Chicago Torture Justice Memorials is a proud co-sponsor of this important conversation on torture:
"Challenges in Combatting Torture: A Conversation with Juan E. Mendez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture"
Tuesday, April 24, 7pm
Presented by the University of Chicago Human Rights Program
Juan E. Mendez is the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the author with Marjorie Wentworth of Taking a Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights. Until May 2009, he was the President of the International Center for Transitional Justice. Concurrently, he was Kofi Annan's Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide (2004-2007). Between 2000 and 2003 he was a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States, and its President in 2002. He teaches human rights at American University in Washington and at Oxford University (UK). In the past he has taught also at Notre Dame Law School, Georgetown and Johns Hopkins. He worked for Human Rights Watch (1982-1996) and directed the Inter-American Institute on Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica (1996-1999). As a labor and human rights lawyer in Argentina, Mendez was himself imprisoned and tortured during Argentina's "Dirty War."
Free and open to the public with a booksigning to follow.