UN Special Rapporteur on Torture; Human Rights Chair, Geneva Academy; Professor of International Law, University of Glasgow; Vice-President IIHL, Sanremo

Geneva, Switzerland
Joined July 2018
#SRTorture to #GA75: Wilful ignorance & denial of reality are unconscious but well-documented & easily exploited human tendencies & the biggest obstacle to universal eradication of #torture & #corruption. Not only among officials & judges but also journalists & the general public
UN expert @NilsMelzer examines worldwide discrepancy between universal prohibition and persistent complacency with torture & ill-treatment. In his #UNGA report, he explores biopsychosocial factors & urges proactive implementation of his recommendations 👉 undocs.org/A/75/179
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Congratulations @ThGreminger on this important appointment! This is excellent news for @TheGCSP !
Very much looking forward to leading @TheGCSP as from 1 May 2021 on: building on its 25 years history, helping the world to make sense of strange and turbulent times, to manage crises and challenges more effectively, and train future leaders.
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My sincere congratulations to @NMavronicola, one of the world’s most brilliant and thoughtful experts on the prohibition of #Torture & ill-treatment, on her newest book with @hartpublishing - looking forward to the read!
[Very much 'in other news...'] My book is out next month!
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The #OverseasOperationsBill, the bill that will effectively decriminalise torture, has its second reading in the House of Lords tomorrow. Here's how this bill could embolden torturers around the world. #NoTimeLimitOnJustice
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The indoctrination is so deep that educated people think they’re being objective. Noam Chomsky
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How far have we sunk... - when we prosecute people for exposing war crimes? - when we no longer prosecute war criminals because we identify more with them than with their victims & exposers? - when telling the truth becomes a crime? What does this say about us & our governments?
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Today, we stand in solidarity with the #American people & urge politicians, corporations & civil society to do everything in their power to de-escalate tensions & unify the country in full respect for #democracy, #RuleOfLaw & #HumanRights, incl #FreedomOfExpression & #DueProcess!
🇺🇸 #UnitedStates: UN experts strongly affirm and express solidarity with the American people who stand for democracy, equality and the rule of law at this critical moment after #USCapitol violence. Read 👉 ow.ly/zPFb50DbvCG
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Well said!
"Keep moving, for it may well be that the greatest song has not yet been sung, the greatest book has not been written, the highest mountain has not been climbed. This is your challenge! Reach out and grab it and make it a part of your life." #MLK - Spelman College 1960
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„Grundrechte sind wie Luft: Erst wenn Ihnen jemand Mund und Nase zuhält, merken Sie, dass Sie ohne Luft nicht leben können.“ ⁦@NilsMelzer⁩ bringt es auf den Punkt. Sicherheit ja - #PMT-Gesetz nein. ⁦@zeitonlinezeit.de/2021/03/nils-melzer-…
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« Ein Rechtsstaat muss also gerade die Überwacher ganz besonders überwachen. Denn wenn wir zum Schutz des Rechtsstaates den Rechtsstaat abschaffen, dann ist das ein Schuss ins eigene Knie.» @NilsMelzer zum Schweizer #PMT-Gesetz zeit.de/2021/03/nils-melzer-…
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Danke @matthiasdaum & @zeitonline für dieses ausgezeichnete Gespräch zu Problemen & Lösungen zum Gesetz der #Schweiz über «Polizeiliche Massnahmen zur Bekämpfung von #Terrorismus» (#PMT) @DIEZEIT
»Ich habe relativ spät in meiner Karriere gemerkt, welch großen Illusionen ich über den westlichen Rechtsstaat erlegen bin.« UN-Folterexperte @NilsMelzer im Interview mit @DIEZEIT 🇨🇭 zeit.de/2021/03/nils-melzer-…
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Join us on Sunday, Jan 17th, for this important Forum about the #Assange case! Zoom link below:
Join us Sunday, January 17 at 11 am CST - Forum on Assange Trial hosted by First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee with UN SR on Torture @NilsMelzer and former CIA Russia analyst @raymcgovern. Zoom link: uumilwaukee.org/event/the-tr… Or watch here: invidio.us/wWhGfQq_wTQ
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Robin & I agree that all the credit goes to our brilliant co-authors, to @OUPLaw and, more than anyone, to our two wonderful assistant editors, @Elmethymaki & @jamesgdevaney who, with their excellence, enthusiasm & dedication, mastered the herculean task of making this possible!
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Thanks again @richimedhurst for this important interview on the #Assange case, incl the political nature of his #persecution, the recent UK court decisions, his detention in Belmarsh, & the likely stance of the @JoeBiden administration.
Watch my full 30 min interview with UN Torture Expert Nils Melzer @NilsMelzer on the persecution of Julian Assange. invidio.us/5uV728sTkec
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Finally, coming up after 3 years of work, co-authored by 79 dear friends, colleagues & experts: „The Oxford Handbook of the International Law of Global Security“ global.oup.com/academic/prod…
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We call for clemency for Lisa Montgomery, victim of horrific abuse throughout her life, denied State protection, further compounded by the gender discrimination she faced, pervasive at all stages of the capital proceedings against her ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Page… #SaveLisa
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“With a new administration coming into office in the #USA and as we approach the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Guantánamo must finally be closed forever,” say independent #humanrights experts. #GuantanamoBay is.gd/A08ENv
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No one should be held in detention simply for exercising their rights. Detention is considered arbitrary if there was no fair trial, or no legal basis to justify it.
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