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Press Conference on Findings by UN Special Rapporteur Visit to Ghana

The United Nations Special Rapporteur Juan E. Méndez is in Ghana from 4 to 7 October 2015 to discuss and assess the level of implementation of the recommendations issued after his first mission to the country in November 2013. Mr. Méndez is an independent expert charged by the UN Human Rights Council with monitoring and reporting on the use of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Some of the challenges he encountered during his first visit are “critical issues in the criminal justice system, including conditions of detention, and mental health-care practices, including the treatment and living conditions of persons held in psychiatric hospitals and prayer camps”.

During his follow-up visit, which is at the invitation of the Ghanaian authorities, Mr. Méndez is expected to engage with key Government decision makers and with civil society leaders.

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Date: Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Time: 3p.m PROMPT (Kindly NOTE: All media persons should be seated by 2:45p.m.)

Venue: FAO Regional Office for Africa conference room (Block C) — (FAO is adjacent the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park, Ridge).

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