IRCT supports our members in Africa to influence legislation and policy in relation to the right to rehabilitation for torture victims at the African Commission for Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR). This includes interventions during the African Commission’s ordinary sessions, and direct collaboration with the Committee on the Prevention of Torture in Africa (CPTA).
Recent and ongoing work:
- With strong support from national, regional and international anti torture NGOs, including many IRCT members, the African Commission adopted the Resolution on the Right to Rehabilitation for torture victims during its 56th ordinary session in April 2014. The resolution calls on state parties to the African Charter to implement domestic laws prohibiting torture and to include clear provisions on torture victims’ right to rehabilitation.
See a copy of the resolution here.
- The CPTA is now in the final stages of adopting a General Comment on redress for victims of torture in close consultation with civil society, including the IRCT and its members in Africa. This IRCT and many members are actively contributing our technical knowledge and expertise to the process.