Leandro Despouy

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Leandro Despouy (April 4th, 1947. San Luis, Argentina) is an Argentine human rights lawyer. He was the United Nations Commission on Human Right's Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers from August 2003 until end of July 2009 .[1]

Despouy was one of the five authors of a report on human rights abuses committed against the extrajudicial captives the United States detains at its naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

He played a significant role for the recognition of extreme poverty as a human rights issue within the United Nations system.

Despouy is since 2002, the president of Auditoria General de la Nación of the Argentine Republic.


  1. ^ UN Cites Torture Reports At Gitmo, CBS News, June 23, 2005