Number of Refugee Torture Survivors in the United States Rising

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Based on an analysis of previous research studies, the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT), recently concluded that the number of refugee torture survivors in the United States is significantly higher than previously reported. Past estimates of refugee torture survivors in the United States were between 400,000 – 500,000. However, with the increase in number of arriving refugees, CVT estimates that …

UN Expert Calls for Adoption of Minimum Set of Fundamental Human Rights for those in Detention

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On May 18, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez called for the adoption of the revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, proposed for adoption as the “Mandela Rules,” in an open letter to the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. The revised Rules would provide detainees with increased protection from torture and …