Amnesty International also reiterated its call in January for the Senate to review all existing oversight mechanisms where complaints about torture can be filed. Currently these processes are complex, confusing and reflect overlapping mandates, discouraging victims of torture to file complaints.

“It is high time to act now before the end of the 16th Congress and the turnover of leadership in May 2016. The opportunity to become a model on torture prevention and investigation in region is ripe,” concluded Benedict.