Online proceedings for the IRCT General Assembly and 10th International Scientific Symposium - Delivering on the Promise of the Right to Rehabilitation

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Service provider advocacy on the right to rehabilitation - experiences and challenges

Presenter(s) and co-author(s): Mr. Andrés Gautier ( Institute of Therapy and Research about Sequelae of Torture and State Violence (ITEI) - Bolivia ), Mr. Asger Kjærum ( IRCT - Denmark )


Torture victims' have a right to rehabilitation under international law. Despite a clear understanding of their legal obligations, States face challenges in making this right a reality nationally. A major reason is the lack of constructive dialogue between policy makers and non-state rehabilitation providers towards developing an effective national response to the plight of torture victims. The IRCT membership is a key actor in this change process. They have the technical understanding of what needs to be put in place to realise the right to rehabilitation but often lack adequate skills and resources to effectively influence government policies.


From August 2015 to March 2016, the IRCT Secretariat is working with members from seven countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Germany, Kenya, Nigeria, Peru, and the Philippines) to develop national reports assessing the situation of torture and ill-treatment and the States delivery of the right to rehabilitation. The reports will be based on a commonly agreed framework and aim to form the basis for national advocacy action by each member. The process is based on a bottom-up methodology whereby the Secretariat facilitates consensus by the members on a common reporting format and subsequently supports each member with presenting their knowledge about the national situation in the most effective way possible. The activity is conceived as a pilot initiative with the view to assessing the feasibility and relevance of this particular advocacy methodology as a tool for facilitating IRCT members' advocacy action.


The initiative is expected to generate medium and long-term results in terms of changes to State behaviour in implementation of the right to rehabilitation. For this workshop, the main expected results to be presented and discussed are:

The common national reporting framework agreed by IRCT members in seven countries. a. Is the framework implementable for IRCT members with an acceptable use of human resources? b. Is the information collected and presented capable of presenting an adequate illustration of the national situation? c. Is the report useful as a platform for starting advocacy activities?

First step towards a global overview of implementation of the right to rehabilitation. a. Can the national reports contribute to a global illustration of implementation of the right to rehabilitation? b. Is it possible to analyse regional or cross regional trends from the reports c. Can the framework be expanded to more countries?

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