IRCT founder Inge Genefke has received the Holger Petersen Foundation prize for her long standing work to put the issue of torture on the global agenda and for her commitment to support torture victims worldwide.
Secretary-General of the IRCT, Victor Madrigal-Borloz was present at the ceremony and was pleased to see Dr Genefke receive this recognition for her work and contribution to the global rehabilitation movement.
In 1974, Inge Genefke and three fellow doctors responded to a call by Amnesty International to help diagnose torture victims and produce forensic evidence that could help hold torturers to account in a court of law.
In 1980 Dr Genefke and her colleagues were given permission to admit torture victims to the University Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark, and in 1981, she became one of the founders of the Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims (today, IRCT member centre Dignity).
Around the same time other rehabilitation centres were being created across the world and soon there was the foundation of a global network. The IRCT was established in 1985 to articulate the voice and aspirations of this movement, and also support the foundation and financing of new centres. Since then it has grown to become an organisation of more than 150 member centres, in over 70 countries.
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