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
Persecuting inconvenient truthtellers like #Assange @Snowden & @xychelsea is like switching off the fire alarm in the house of democracy & rule of law. You may feel comfortable a bit longer but the next time you look around the whole house will be on fire! SIGN THE GENEVA CALL⬇️
Read the Geneva Call to #Freeassange HERE. And sign it if you think #pressfreedom and #humanrights are core values. #GVA_FreeAssange@StellaMoris1⁩ ⁦@NilsMelzer⁩ ⁦@DaccordYves⁩ ⁦@CarloSommaruga⁩ ⁦@DMasmejan⁩ ⁦⁦ change.org/p/geneva-call-to-…
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Iranians with rare skin disease affecting children are hit by “over-compliance” with sanctions against Iran by a Swedish bandage maker – UN experts say: "companies that produce critical medical & humanitarian goods have a special responsibility." 👉ow.ly/H7bl50GtLDF
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Nils Melzer retweeted
The core point of my GA Report this year. OHCHR | Counter-terrorism measures increasingly diverging from human rights standards, UN expert warns ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Page…
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"Too many countries blame torture on rogue officials, deny systemic patterns of torture, and fail to hold torturers to account," human rights expert @NilsMelzer told UN General Assembly, #UNGA. Full report: is.gd/u7N9Yz #StopTorture
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UN expert @NilsMelzer says States should demonstrate the political courage and determination required to eradicate systemic patterns of secrecy, collusion, and impunity conducive to #torture & ill-treatment. #UNGA76 report 👉 ow.ly/9zmz50Gqx7n
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UN expert @NilsMelzer deplores worldwide accountability gap for #torture and ill-treatment. He calls on States to take immediate corrective measures to ensure effective prevention, investigation, prosecution, punishment and redress for such crimes: ow.ly/9zmz50Gqx7n #UNGA76
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Replying to @swiss_un
Thanks to @swiss_un for your longstanding support of the #SRTorture mandate & commitment to the worldwide fight against #torture!
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Nils Melzer retweeted
UN #SpecialRapporteur on Torture @NilsMelzer briefed the #UNGA76 #ThirdCommittee today about accountability for torture. We must never forget that torture survivors & their families must be at the centre of the fight against torture. #APlusForHumanity
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Nils Melzer retweeted
The #MéndezPrinciples offer a solution-oriented alternative to interrogation methods that rely on coercion. How can we make them a tangible reality? With our partners, we will meet NPMs and NHRIs from different regions to discuss their role with regards to the Principles.
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Bauanleitung Polizeistaat: 1) Abkopplung "Terrorismus" von Gewalt, Straftat & Bedrohung 2) Präventivmassnahmen auf blossen Verdacht 3) Neutralisierung d. Justiz durch Beweisgeheimhaltung 4) Einführung "gesicherte Unterbringung" 5) Ausdehnung auf andere "Staatsgefährder" ➡️Fertig!
SiK-N: Kommission für gesicherte Unterbringung von staatsgefährdenden Personen parl.ch/3oULVXD
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And thanks to @Denmark_UN for your unwaivering support of the UN anti-torture mechanisms & commitment to the worldwide fight against #torture!
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Thanks to my colleagues at #UNWorkingGroupOnArbitraryDetention for their authoritative finding (A/HRC/WGAD/2021/24) that @SDonziger must be immediately released & compensated for his arbitrary detention & „appropriate measures“ taken against those responsible for his persecution.
BREAKING: U.N. Special Rapporteur @NilsMelzer — a leading international jurist — explains the recent landmark United Nations ruling that my house arrest and Chevron-backed prosecution violate international law. Link to full interview with @CredicoRandy: piped.kavin.rocks/watch?v=OwO_JFK2…
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JUST OUT- My #GA76 address & report on the worldwide accountability gap for #torture: „Govts must ask themselves whether they want to be part of the problem or part of the solution and, in both cases, whether they are prepared to pay the price“. Report: undocs.org/A/76/168
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JUST OUT: My #GA76 address & report on how to overcome the worldwide accountability gap for #torture & ill-treatment. Report: ➡️undocs.org/A/76/168 Adress:⬇️
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🇮🇷 #Iran must halt the execution of juvenile offender Arman Abdolali and unconditionally abolish the sentencing of children to death. UN experts urge Iran to commute all death sentences issued against children, in line with its international obligations: ow.ly/Jp3J30rWO7M
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Nils Melzer retweeted
The use of torture and coercion during investigations has serious consequences: miscarriage of justice, over-incarceration, false imprisonment. However, an alternative is possible, says @NilsMelzer, SR on torture. Access the #MéndezPrinciples: bit.ly/38cKYR6
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Thanks @stephane_ojeda & @ICRC for keeping an eye on this - as important as ever!
Replying to @Articles_of_War
And the answer of @NilsMelzer (at the time with @ICRC) to Parks’ critique of the ICRC interpretive guidance on the notion of direct participation in hostilities. onlinelibrary.iihl.org/wp-co…
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Well, @SecBlinken, Sir, I fully agree. But how about starting to #WalkTheTalk by bringing to justice those responsible for the planned kidnapping & assassination and continued torture & arbitrary detention of #Assange & the perpetrators of crimes exposed by @WikiLeaks & others?
With sadness, today we mark 15 years since Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was killed in Moscow for her work bringing to light human rights abuses in the conflict in Chechnya. We again call for those who ordered her killing to be brought to justice.
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In a compelling finding, #UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention officially demands #HumanRightsDefender @SDonziger be freed immediately & compensated for judicial persecution & corporate reprisals suffered at behest of @Chevron: ➡️ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/D… piped.kavin.rocks/OwO_JFK2x_c
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