Published: 9 Dec 2016 | By Olga Grygorovska
2016 Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture
Discrimination against women, girls and LGBTI persons
In his 2016 Report to the Human Rights Council, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (SRT), Juan E. Méndez, assessed the applicability of the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in international law to the unique experiences of women, girls, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons. In particular, he recalled the need to apply the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) in a ‘gender-inclusive’ manner. Quoting the 2008 Report of his predecessor, Manfred Nowak, Mr. Méndez reiterated that States are complicit in violence against women and LGBT people whenever they create and implement discriminatory laws that trap them in abusive circumstances.