United States of America Visits & Communications
The Special Rapporteur visited the United States from 16 to 30 June 2008. He gave a press conference in New York on 30 June 2008 (press statement and press release available here), and he reported on his visit to the May 2009 session of the UN Human Rights Council. His mission covered: conditions surrounding the imposition of the death penalty; deaths in immigration detention and of detainees in "the war on terror"; and questions of transparency and accountability in the United States' international operations involving use of lethal force by the military and intelligence agencies. Additional media coverage about the debate over the United States' conduct in the "war on terror," including further comment from the Special Rapporteur, is available here. Further information on targeted killings is available here. A prior-mandate holder visited the United States in 1998 and his report is available below.