All victims of torture and ill-treatment have an explicit right to rehabilitation, but very few among the hundreds of thousands of victims in the world receive the support they need to rebuild their lives after torture.

We advocate for the full implementation of the right to rehabilitation through the establishment of sufficiently resourced holistic rehabilitation programmes and services, so victims can have the opportunity to rebuild their lives after torture. IRCT members identify and define the most effective way to generate national change and the IRCT global movement reinforces these positions through advocacy at international and regional human rights fora. We promote strong judicial systems and jurisprudence that strengthen the right to rehabilitation, provide forensic expert support in legal cases and promote the implementation of the Istanbul Protocol.

We do this by leveraging our health-based knowledge and expertise about torture and its impact on victims to create change in legislation, policy and jurisprudence at the national, regional and global level.

To ensure that this process is based on strong evidence and objective measures, we collect data on torture victims experiences and needs and develop national indicator frameworks on torture victims right to rehabilitation.

“My only wish is that no one else endures the pain we went through, pain from torture, which still occurs today. I hope there can be a torture free world where human rights are not violated and where people can express their opinions.”

- Torture survivor

 

 

/ Right to rehabilitation standards
 
Istanbul Protocol
 
/ Data and evidence

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Istanbul Protocol Statement on Hooding

Istanbul Protocol Documenting torture in Mexico

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