Information obtained by torture to be excluded in trials

Information obtained by torturing suspects should be excluded in criminals trials to discourage the practice, says Juan Mendez, the United Nations independent expert on torture.

Juan Méndez

Juan Méndez

Addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Mendez recalled that the UN Convention against Torture forbids the admissibility in criminal proceedings of statements or confessions obtained through torture.

Mr. Mendez said the aim is to deny those who engage in torture the ability to use information or statements wrongfully obtained against a defendant.

The purpose of the exclusionary rule is to discourage torture. The torturer must know that his mistreatment of the person under interrogation jeopardizes a State’s ability to bring charges and successfully punish offenders. I am concerned that attempts to restrict the applicability of the exclusionary rule represent a serious threat to international efforts to eradicate torture.”

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