Torture: It Can Happen Anywhere
By Lauren Frohne
Torture can happen to anyone. Just ask Juan Méndez.
In 1975, while representing political prisoners as a human rights lawyer in Argentina, Méndez was arrested, tortured, and eventually expelled from the country. Today, he is the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, investigating human rights violations.
“Under certain conditions,” he says, “any country, any state can decide to use extreme measures, and a lot of us can be the victims.”
But in a post–September 11 world, isn’t torture necessary to keep us safe? To the contrary. “Torture only breeds more crime and more terrorism,” says Méndez.
But torture doesn’t happen only in interrogation rooms. Sometimes, it happens where you might least expect it. In the above video, Méndez explains.
Until September 2014, Lauren Frohne was a multimedia producer for the Open Society Foundations.