The Inter-American Convention to Prevent and Punish Torture, 1985

Torture shall also be understood to be the use of methods upon a person intended to obliterate the personality of the victim or to diminish his physical or mental capacities, even if they do not cause physical pain or mental anguish.” (art. 2).

  • The implementation mechanism for women consists of:

(1) a reporting procedure to the Inter-American Commission of Women; and

(2) the possibility of submitting individual petitions to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.