Our goal is to become a hub of global information on the rehabilitation of torture victims and prevention of torture. We have both produced and/or published a growing list of reports, documents, handbooks, and guides, which can be found here.

”The narrative of torture survivors is powerful, but the survivors have been silenced by the perpetrators. Rehabilitation helps them regain their dignity and humanity and helps them speak up again.“

- Dr. Boris Droždek

The IRCT Annual Report provides an important and detailed overview of the past year's activities, challenges and achievements across the organisation and its membership.

2015

Annual Report 2015

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2014

Annual Report 2014

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2013

Annual Report 2013

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2012

Annual Report 2012

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2011

Annual Report 2011

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2010

Annual Report 2010

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2009

Annual Report 2009

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2008

Annual Report 2008

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2007

Annual Report 2007

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2006

Annual Report 2006

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2005

Annual Report 2005

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2004

Annual Report 2004

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2003

Annual Report 2003

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2002

Annual Report 2002

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2001

Annual Report 2001

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2000

Annual Report 2000

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The IRCT has produced and published several country reports that highlight the current situation in a number of countries including challenges in preventing torture and implementing the right to rehabilitation.

Argentina 2016

2016

Argentina 2016

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Colombia 2016

2016

Colombia 2016

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Peru 2016

2016

Peru 2016

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Bolivia 2016

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Bolivia 2016

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Germany 2016

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Germany 2016

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Kenya 2016

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Kenya 2016

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Nigeria 2016

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Nigeria 2016

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The Philippines 2016

2016

The Philippines 2016

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The IRCT strategy framework for the period 2015-2020 is the result of a consultative process with our membership of torture rehabilitation centres worldwide. It represents the views, priorities and knowledge of thousands of the world's most experienced torture rehabilitation professionals.

We produce and publish a number of reports that do not fall under a specific category, but are of great importance to our movement.

2016

Establishing and Operating Rehabilitation Centres for Victims of Torture and Organised Violence in a Libyan Context

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2015

The Great Lakes Report: Providing holistic and community-based rehabilitation to victims of torture in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda

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2015

Projet Grands Lacs Fournir une réhabilitation holistique et à base communautaire aux victimes de torture au Burundi, en République Démocratique du Congo et au Rwanda

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2013

Conference Report: The Right to Rehabilitation for Torture Victims

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2007

Photobook Renewing lives

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2005

Anniversary book: The struggle that must be won

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The IRCT has produced and published several thematic reports that highlight specific areas of importance and concern within the anti-torture and rehabilitation movement.

2016

Falling Through the Cracks: Asylum Procedures and Reception Conditions for Torture Victims in the European Union

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2014

In pursuit of justice: The importance of psychosocial support for torture victims participating in legal proceedings

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2013

Recognising Victims of Torture in National Asylum Procedures: A comparative overview of early identification of victims and their access to medico-legal reports in asylum-receiving countries

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2013

Engaging with European Union foreign policy on the ground: An IRCT guide

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2013

Cooperación con la política de asuntos exteriores de la Unión Europea sobre el terreno

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2013

Engaging with European Union foreign policy on the ground: An IRCT guide - RUSSIAN

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2013

Engaging with State reviews in the UN Committee Against Torture: A practical guide

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2013

Engaging with UN Human Rights Mechanisms: An Introduction

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2013

Introducción a la colaboración con los mecanismos de derechos humanos de la ONU

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2013

Introduction au partenariat avec les mécanismes onusiens chargés des droits de l’homme

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2013

A Practical Guide to the UPR

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2013

Getting the evidence: Countering torture through medico-legal documentation

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2012

Working with the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture: A practical guide for NGOs engaging with the process of SPT country visits

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2012

Cómo trabajar con el Subcomité para la Prevención de la Tortura de la ONU

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2012

Travailler avec le Sous-comité des NU pour la Prévention de la Torture

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2012

Guide pratique de l’EPU

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2012

Guía práctica de introducción al EPU

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2012

Forensic Examination Missions by Medical Teams Investigating and Documenting Alleged Cases of Torture: Operational Manual

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2012

Para missões periciais forenses realizadas por equipas médicas na investigação e documentação de casos de alegada tortura

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2011

Para misiones de examen forense realizadas por equipos médicos en la investigación y documentación de casos de presunta tortura

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2011

Pour la conduite des missions d’examens médico-légaux effectués par des équipes médicales enquêtant et documentant sur des allégations de torture

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2009

Shedding light on a dark practice Using the Istanbul Protocol to document torture

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2009

Psychological Evaluation Of Torture Allegations

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2009

Action Against Torture

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2009

Action Contre La Torture

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2009

Acción Contra La Tortura

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2007

L’evaluation Psychologique Des Allégations De Torture

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2007

La Evaluación Psicólogica De Alegaciones De Tortura

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2004

L’EXAMEN MÉDICAL PHYSIQUE DES VICTIMES DE TORTURE PRÉSUMÉES

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2004

Medical Physical Examination of Alleged Torture Victims

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2004

Examen Físico Médico De Víctimas De Tortura Alegadas

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The Global Report on the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture provides information about the activities that take place worldwide in connection with 26 June. You can read the most recent editions on ISSUU or download in PDF format.

2016

26 June Global Report 2016

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2015

26 June Global Report 2015

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2014

26 June Global Report 2014

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2013

26 June Global Report 2013

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2012

26 June Global Report 2012

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2011

26 June Global Report 2011

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2010

26 June Global Report 2010

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2009

26 June Global Report 2009

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2008

26 June Global Report 2008

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2007

26 June Global Report 2007

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2006

26 June Global Report 2006

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2005

26 June Global Report 2005

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2004

26 June Global Report 2004

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2003

26 June Global Report 2003

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2002

26 June Global Report 2002

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The Torture Journal is an international scientific journal that provides an interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of original research and systematic reviews by professionals concerned with the biomedical, psychological and social interface of torture and the rehabilitation of its survivors.

2016

Volume 26 - No. 3

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Editorial

Pau Pérez-Sales, Editor in Chief

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Incommunicado detention and torture in Spain:

Part I: The Istanbul Protocol Project in the Basque Country

Istanbul Protocol Project in the Basque Country Working Group

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Part II: Enhanced credibility assessment based on the Istanbul Protocol

Pau Pérez-Sales, Benito Morentin, Olatz Barrenetxea, Miguel Angel Navarro-Lashayas

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Part III: 'Five days is enough’: the concept of torturing environments

Pau Pérez-Sales, Miguel Angel Navarro-Lashayas, Angeles Plaza, Benito Morentin, Oihana Barrios Salinas

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Part IV: Psychological and psychiatric consequences of ill-treatment and torture: trauma and human worldviews

Miguel Angel Navarro-Lashayas, Pau Pérez-Sales, Gabriela Lopez-Neyra, Maitane Arnoso Martínez, Benito Morentin

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Enhancing empathy among humanitarian workers through Project MIRACLE: Development and initial validation of the Helpful Responses to Refugees Questionnaire

Miriam Potocky, Kristen L. Guskovict

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A comparative study of the use of the Istanbul Protocol amongst civil society organizations in low-income countries

Tobias Kelly, Steffen Jensen, Morten Koch Andersen, Catrine Christiansen, Jeevan Raj Sharma

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Debate

Related to 'A comparative study of the use of the Istanbul Protocol amongst civil society organizations in low-income countries' pp.60-73

Comment I: Istanbul Protocol in low-income countries - A reply

Rusudan Beriashvili, Vincent Iacopino

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Comment II: Documentation of torture and justice: 'Bon pour L'Orient?

Önder Özkalıpcı

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Response by the authors

Tobias Kelly, Steffen Jensen, Morten Koch Andersen, Catrine Christiansen, Jeevan Raj Sharma

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    Volume 26, No. 2, 2016

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    Editorial

    Lilla Hárdi, Editor in Chief

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    Creating Community Life among Immigrant Survivors of Torture and Their Allies

    Nancy Bothne, Christopher B. Keys 3

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    Measuring change and changing measures: The development of a torture survivor specific measure of change

    Rebecca Horn, Andy Keefe

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    Prevalence of torture and other war- related traumatic events in forced migrants: A systematic review

    Erika Sigvardsdotter, Marjan Vaez, Ann-Marie Rydholm Hedman, Fredrik Saboonchi

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    Torture survivor’s symptom load compared to chronic pain and psychiatric in-patients

    Uwe Harlacher, Linda Nordin, Peter Polatin

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    Statements

    Statement on Anal Examinations in Cases of Alleged Homosexuality

    Independent Forensic Expert Group

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    Volume 26, No. 1, 2016

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    Editorial

    Lilla Hárdi, Editor in Chief

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    Reviewing outcomes of psychological interventions with torture survivors: Conceptual, methodological and ethical Issues

    Nimisha Patel, Amanda C de C Williams, Blerina Kellezi

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    Mental health interventions and priorities for research for adult survivors of torture and systematic violence: a review of the literature

    William M. Weiss, Ana M. Ugueto, Zayan Mahmooth, Laura K. Murray, Brian J. Hall, Maya Nadison, Andrew Rasmussen, Jennifer S. Lee, Andrea Vazzano, Judy Bass, Paul Bolton

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    Group Treatment for Survivors of Torture and Severe Violence: A Literature Review

    Mary Bunn, Charles Goesel, Mélodie Kinet, Faith Ray

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    Debate

    Comment related to 'Follow-up study of the treatment outcomes at a psychiatric trauma clinic for refugees' and 'Cognitive behavioral psycho-therapeutic treatment at a psychiatric trauma clinic for Refugees: description and evaluation' by Buhman et al. (Volume 25, No 1, 2015)

    Comment by Uwe Harlacher, Peter Polatin and response by Caecilie Boeck Buhmann, Merete Nordentoft, Morten Ekstroem, Jessica Carlsson, Erik Lykke Mortensen

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2015

Volume 25 - No. 2

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Elusive retributive justice in post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia: Challenges of using ECCC Victim Information Forms as a victim participatory rights mechanism

Leakhena Nou

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Effect of counseling by paraprofessionals on depression, anxiety, somatization, and functioning in Indonesian torture survivors 

Deborah Larson-Stoa, Gerard A. Jacobs, Abraham Jonathan, Bhava Poudyal

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Geographical distribution of torture: An epidemiological study of torture reported by asylum applicants examined at the Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Copenhagen 

J. Busch, S.H. Hansen, H.P. Hougen

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Testimonial Therapy: Impact on social participation and emotional wellbeing among Indian survivors of torture and organized violence 

Mia Myhre Jørgensen, Jens Modvig, Inger Agger, Lenin Raghuvanshi, Shirin Shabana Khan, Peter Polatin

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Descriptive, inferential, functional outcome data on 9,025 torture survivors in the United States

Member Centers of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP)

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    Volume 25, No. 1, 2015

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    Follow-up study of the treatment outcomes at a psychiatric trauma clinic for refugees


    Cæcilie Buhmann, Erik Lykke Mortensen, Merete Nordentoft, Jasmina Ryberg, Morten Ekstrøm

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    Cognitive behavioral psychotherapeutic treatment at a psychiatric trauma clinic for Refugees: description and evaluation

    Cæcilie Buhmann, Ida Andersen, Erik Lykke Mortensen, Jasmina Ryberg, Merete Nordentoft, Morten Ekstrøm

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    “After all the traumas my body has been through, I feel good that it is still working.” – Basic Body Awareness Therapy for traumatised refugees

    Kajsa Stade, Signe Skammeritz, Charlotte Hjortkjær, Jessica Carlsson

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    The DSM 5 and the Istanbul Protocol: Diagnosis of psychological sequels of torture

    Thomas Wenzel, Andreas Frewer, Siroos Mirzaei

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    Statement on Virginity Testing

    Independent Forensic Expert Group

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2014

Volume 24 - Supplementum 1

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Contents

Preface

Joost den Otter

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Introduction

Annemiek Richters

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Women, we need to be courageous

Illuminée Munyabugingo

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Smiling again after fifteen years of torture

Charline Musaniwabo

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I died and was resurrected

Hildegarde Nyampinga

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I found a family through sociotherapy

Mameritha Nyiramana

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Sharing my problems soothed my headaches and took me out of loneliness

Berthilde Uwimbabazi

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Being patient provides peace

Ntakwasa Veneranda

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I now take care of myself and am no longer a drug user

Germaine Muhorakeye

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Sociotherapy took me out of my solitude

Mutegwamaso Foyibi

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I wouldn’t still be alive if it wasn’t for sociotherapy

Therese Kazeneza

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Coming out of a deep hole after a life of trials

Charlotte Uwera

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Conclusion

Annemiek Richters

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    An Innovative Model of Culturally Tailored Health Promotion Groups for Cambodian Survivors of Torture

    Sarah Y. Berkson, Svang Tor, Richard Mollica, James Lavelle, Carol Cosenza

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    Forensic odontological examinations of alleged torture victims at the University of Copenhagen 1997-2011

    Sára O. Arge, Steen Holger Hansen, Niels Lynnerup

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    Symptoms, Quality of Life and level of functioning of traumatized refugees at Psychiatric Trauma Clinic in Copenhagen

    Cæcilie Buhman, Erik Lykke Mortensen, Stine Lundstrøm, Jasmina Ryberg, Merete Nordentoft, Morten Ekstrøm

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    Psychotherapy with traumatised refugees – the design of a randomised clinical trial

    Erik Vindbjerg, Christoph Klimpke,Jessica Carlsson

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    Activity of Daily Living Performance amongst Danish Asylum Seekers: A cross-sectional study

    Anne-Le Morville, Lena-Karin Erlandsson, Mona Eklund, Bente Danneskiold-Samsøe, Robin Christensen, Kirstine Amris

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    Book review

    Torture and State Violence in the United States: A Short Documentary History

    Kristine A Huskey

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    A New Generation: How refugee trauma affects parenting and child development

    Johanna Hermansson Tham

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    Military Medical Ethics for the 21st Century

    Stephen N. Xenakis

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    Textbook of Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery. A companion guide for field and clinical care of traumatized people worldwide

    Inke Schaap

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2013

Volume 23 - No. 2

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Thematic Issue on Music in Detention

Introduction

Anna Papaeti, M.J. Grant

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The Illogical Logic of Music Torture

M.J. Grant

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'He Plays on the Pillory'. The Use of Musical Instruments for Punishment in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Era

Marie Louise Herzfeld-Schild

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Music and 'Re-education' in the Soviet Gulag

Inna Klause

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Music and 'Re-education' in Greek Prison Camps: From Makronisos (1947-1955) to Giaros (1967-1968)

Anna Papaeti

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Dancing to Distraction: Mediating 'Docile Bodies' in 'Philippine Thriller Video'

Áine Mangaoang

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Music and Dance Make Me Feel Alive: From Mandela's Prison Songs and Dances to Public Policy

Johann S. Buis

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    Volume 23, No. 1, 2013

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    The mental health and psychosocial problems of survivors of torture and genocide in Kurdistan, Northern Iraq: A brief qualitative study

    Paul Bolton, Lynn Michalopoulos, Ahmed Mohammed Amin Ahmed, Laura K. Murray, Judith Bass

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    Long-term trajectories of PTSD or resilience in former East German political prisoners

    Andreas Maercker, Ira Gäbler, Jennifer O’Neil, Matthias Schützwohl, Mario Müller

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    Access denied: Institutional barriers to justice for victims of torture in Egypt

    Hebatullah Mahmoud Khalil

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    Book Review

    Bad Vibrations: The History of the Idea of Music as a Cause of Disease

    Henrik Marcussen

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    Trauma, Torture, and Dissociation

    James L. Griffith

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    Letter to the Editor

    What does it provide to patients that others do not?

    Aida Alayarian

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2012

Volume 22 - Supplementum 1

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Editorial

Duarte Nuno Vieira

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Dismemberment: Cause of death in the Colombian armed conflict

Maria Dolores Morcillo-Méndez, Isla Yolima Campos

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Supplementary value of functional imaging in forensic medicine

Siroos Mirzaei, Charlotte Sonneck-Koenne, Thomas Bruecke, Kamran Aryana, Peter Knoll, Rasoul Zakavi

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Neuropsychiatric evidence of waterboarding and other abusive treatments

Stephen N. Xenakis

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“Not waving, drowning”. Asphyxia and torture: the myth of simulated drowning and other forms of torture

Jonathan Beynon

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Human Rights, Human Wrongs: Torture prevention, documentation and prosecution in the Philippines

Ernesto A. Anasarias, Benito Molino, Edeliza P. Hernandez, Jerbert M. Briola

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Statement on access to relevant medical and other health records and relevant legal records for forensic medical evaluations of alleged torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment

International Forensic Expert Group

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    Volume 22, No. 1, 2012

    Scientific Articles

    Prospective one-year treatment outcomes of tortured refugees: a psychiatric approach

    J David Kinzie, J Mark Kinzie, Behjat Sedighi, Abdella Woticha, Halima Mohamed, Crystal Riley

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    Social support, coping and posttraumatic stress symptoms in young refugees

    Ask Elklit, Kamilla Østergård Kjær, Mathias Lasgaard, Sabina Palic

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    Review

    Rape as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Carly Brown

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    Complementary and alternative medicine in the treatment of refugees and survivors of torture: a review and proposal for action

    McKenna Longacre, Ellen Silver-Highfield, Puja Lama, Michael A. Grodin

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    Letter to the Editor

    Reconciliation in Cambodia

    Daryn Reicherter, Gerald Gray

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    Presenting evidence of torture at immigration tribunals in the United Kingdom

    Maxwell J. F. Cooper

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    Contributory Torture

    Sadip Pant, Jennifer C. Giardina, Ritesh G. Menezes

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    Book review

    Treatise on Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences - Volume III: Forensic Pathology and Biology

    Maria Cristina de Mendonça

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    Tratado de Medicina Legal y Ciencias Forenses - Tomo III: Patología y Biología Forense

    Maria Cristina de Mendonça

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    Taking a Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights

    Aida Alayarian

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    Erratum

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2011

Volume 21 - No. 3

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Review 

Torture in Retrospect (1992-2000)

Henrik Marcussen

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Scientific articles 

Comparison of two methods of inquiry for torture with East African refugees: Single query versus checklist.

Joseph Westermeyer, Michael Hollifield, Marline Spring, David Johnson, James Jaranson

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Case

How to combat torture if perpetrators are supported by a religious “justification”.

Mirzaei Siroos, Hardi Lilla, Wenzel Thomas

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Near-death experience and out of body phenomenon during torture – a case report.

Maxwell J F Cooper

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Educational

Intercultural Encounters in Counselling and Psychotherapy – communication with the help of interpreters.

Mechthild Wenk-Ansohn, Norbert Gurris

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Statement

Statement on Hooding.

International Forensic Expert Group

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Book review

A Mental Healthcare Model for Mass Trauma Survivors: Control-Focused Behavioral Treatment of Earthquake, War and Torture Trauma.

Michael A Grodin

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Letter to the editor

Contributory Torture

Munawwar Husain

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Torture documentation inside detention centres.

Max Cooper, Phil Cotton

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Documentation

Osteological proofs of torture and cruelty: forensic findings form a secret cemetery in Tirana, Albania.

Admir Sinamati, Anila Tahiri, Besim Ymaj, Zija Ismaili, Gentian Vyshka, Bardhyl Çipi

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    Volume 21, No. 2, 2011

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    Reconciliation in Cambodia: thirty years after the terror of the Khmer Rouge regime

    Estelle Bockers, Nadine Stammel & Christine Knaevelsrud

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    Psychotherapy and psychosocial care of torture survivor refugees in Hungary

    Lilla Hárdi & Adrienn Kroo

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    Evaluating the services of torture rehabilitation programmes

    James M. Jaranson & José Quiroga

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    Torture rehabilitation: Reflections on treatment outcome studies

    Edith Montgomery & Nimisha Patel

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  • No. 1

    Volume 21, No. 1, 2011

    Contents

    Preface

    Abigail Alexander

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    Introduction

    Abigail Alexander

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    Medical best practices for the treatment of torture survivors

    Richard F. Mollica

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    Guidelines for psychiatric care of torture survivors

    J. David Kinzie

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    Best, promising, and emerging practices in the treatment of trauma: What can we apply in our work with torture survivors?

    Mary R. Fabri

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    Expressive arts therapies: Working with survivors of torture

    Amber Elizabeth Lynn Gray

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    Social services: Effective practices in serving survivors of torture

    Ann Marie Winter

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    Legal services: Best, promising, and emerging practices

    Regina Germain & Leslie E. Vélez

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    Treatment of survivors of torture: Spiritual domain

    Marcus M. McKinney

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2010

Volume 20 - No. 3

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Clinical Experience

Transitory ischemia as a form of white torture: a case description in Spain

Pau Pérez-Sales, Alberto Fernández-Liria, Marina Parras, Gina Engst

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Group therapy model for refugee and torture survivors

Ibrahim A. Kira, Asha Ahmed, Vanessa Mahmoud, Fatima Wassim

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Combating torture with medical evidence

Asger Kjærum, L.L.M.

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    Volume 20, No. 2, 2010

    Scientific Articles

    Using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) to describe the functioning of traumatised refugees

    Ulrik Jørgensen, Hanne Melchiorsen, Annemarie Graae Gottlieb, Vibeke Hallas, Claus Vinther Nielsen

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    The land of milk and honey: A picture of refugee torture survivors presenting for treatment in a South African trauma centre

    Monica Bandeira, Craig Higson-Smith, Megan Bantjes, and Peter Polatin

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    Living in exile when disaster strikes at home

    Signe Hjelen Stige, Nora Sveaass

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  • No. 1

    Volume 20, No. 1, 2010

    Scientific Articles

    The detection of phosphorus in the tissue of bomb victims in Gaza

    Jørgen L. Thomsen, Martin Worm-Leonhard

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    Knowledge and quality of life in female torture survivors

    Wendy Pabilonia, Sarah P. Combs, Paul F. Cook

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    Documentation

    Punishing physicians who torture: A work in progress

    Steven H. Miles, Telma Alencar, Brittney N. Crock

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    Supporting interventions after exposure to torture

    Brigitte Lueger-Schuster 

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    Educational

    Photographic documentation, a practical guide for non professional forensic photography

    Önder Özkalipci, Muriel Volpellier 

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    Letter to the editor

    Max Cooper

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2009

Volume 19 - Supplementum 1

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Contents

Foreword

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Background paper - Independent monitoring of human rights in places of detention

Prepared for the regional seminar for the Middle East and North Africa
to be held in Amman, Jordan, on 3-6 September 2007
April 2007

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Report - Independent monitoring of human rights in places of detention

Regional seminar for the Middle East and North Africa
Amman, Jordan, 3-6 September 2007

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Appendix

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A Study of Aggression among mass-evacuated Kosovo Albanians

Göran Roth, Solvig Ekblad and Helena Prochazka

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The Tree of Life: Empowering and healing the survivors of torture in Zimbabwe

Tony Reeler, Kudakwashe Chitsike, Fungisai Maizva, Beverley Reeler

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Questioning western assessment of trauma among Tibetan torture survivors. A quantitative assessment study with comments from Buddhist Lamas

Peter Elsass, Jessica Carlsson, Kristian Jespersen, Kalsang Phuntsok

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Testimonial Therapy: A Pilot Project to improve Psychological Wellbeing among Survivors of Torture in India

Inger Agger, Lenin Raghuvanshi, Shirin Shabana Khan, Peter Polatin, Laila K. Laursen

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Assessment of the psychosocial and mental health needs, dysfunction and coping mechanisms of violence affected populations in Bireuen, Aceh. A Qualitative Study

Bhava Poudyal, Judith Bass, Theodora Subyantoro, Abraham Jonathan, BA, Theresia Erni, Paul Bolton

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Suicidal ideation, posttraumatic stress and suicide statistics in Kosovo – an analysis five years after the war. Suicidal ideation in Kosovo

T. Wenzel, F. Rushiti, F. Aghani, G. Diaconu, B. Maxhuni, W. Zitterl

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An explorative outcome study of CBT-based multidisciplinary treatment in a diverse group of refugees form a Danish Treatment Centre for Rehabilitation of Traumatized Refugees

Sabina Palic, Ask Elklit

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    Volume 19, No. 1, 2009

    Scientific articles

    The diagnostic value of clinical examination after falanga – a pilot validation study

    Kirstine Amris, Ole Vedel Rasmussen, Turkcan Baykal & Veli Lök

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    Vascular response to ischemia in the feet of falanga torture victims and normal controls – color and spectral Doppler findings

    Søren Torp-Pedersen, Kirstine Amris, Christian Cato Holm, Merete Kønig, Karen Prip & Bente Danneskiold-Samsøe

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    Clinical performance diagnosing alleged exposure to falanga – a phantom study

    Søren Torp-Pedersen, Sara Matteoli, Jens E. Wilhjelm, Kirstine Amris, Jacob I. Bech, Robin Christensen & Bente Danneskiold-Samsøe

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    The epidemiology of falanga – incidence among Swedish asylum seekers

    Erik Edston

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    Long-term consequences of falanga torture – what do we know and what do we need to know?

    Kirstine Amris, Søren Torp-Pedersen & Ole Vedel Rasmussen

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    Legal consequences for torture in children cases: the Gomez Paquiyauri Brothers vs Peru case

    Monica Feria Tinta

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    Evaluating psychosocial group counselling with Afghan women: is this a useful intervention?

    Sybille Manneschmidt & Karin Griese

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    An evaluation of the mental status of rejected asylum seekers in two Danish asylum centers

    Kathrine Hvid & Ask Elklit

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    School-based interventions for minors in war-exposed countries: a review of targeted and general programmes

    T. J. Persson, C. Rousseau

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    Torture against children in rebel captivity in Northern Uganda: physical and psychological effects and implications for clinical practice

    Kennedy Amone-P'Olak

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    Contents

    Foreword

    Brita Sydhoff 

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    State of the art

    Torture in children

    Jose Quiroga

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    Background orientation

    The political and cultural background for using child soldiers

    Kitwe Mulunda Guy

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    Clinical knowledge

    Child soldiers as zones of violence in The Democratic Republic of Congo: three cases of medico-legal evidence of torture

    Kitwe Mulunda Guy

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    Children, torture and psychological consequences

    Aida Alayarian

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    Educational

    Physical forensic signs of sexual torture in children. A guideline for nonspecialized medical examiners

    Muriel Volpellier

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    Opinion

    Weeping in silence: the secret sham of torture among Palestinian children

    Abdel Hamid Afana

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2008

Volume 18 - No. 3

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Documentation

Appendix: Health professionals' participation in interrogations that violate national as well as international laws

A dialog with the American Psychological Association

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Silent healers. On medical complicity in torture

Kenneth Mostad & Eva Moati

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Doctors's involvement in torture

Jesper Sonntag

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Doctors in prison: documenting torture in detention

Hernan Reyes

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Appendix: Health professionals' participation in interrogations that violate national as well as international laws

A dialog with the American Psychological Association

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    Volume 18, No. 2, 2008

    Scientific

    Chronic pain and PTSD: the Perpetual Avoidance Model and its treatment implications

    Alexandra Liedl, Christine Knaevelsrud

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    Asylum seekers in Denmark – a study of health status and grade of traumatization of newly arrived asylum seekers 

    Tania Nicole Masmas, Eva Møller, Cæcilie Buhmann, Vibeke Bunch, Jean Hald Jensen, Trine Nørregård Hansen, Louise Møller Jørgensen, Claes Kjær, Maiken Mannstaedt, Annemette Oxholm, Jutta Skau, Lotte Theilade, Lise Worm, Morten Ekstrøm

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    A follow up study of allegations of ill-treatment/torture in incommunicado detainees in Spain. Failure of international preventive mechanisms

    Benito Morentin, Luis F. Callado, M. Itxaso Idoyaga

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    Medical students’ attitudes toward torture

    Jonathan Bean, David Ng, Hakan Demirtas, Patrick Guinan

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    Clinical knowledge

    Pharmacological treatment to prevent and treat post-traumatic stress disorder

    Jonathan I Bisson

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    Secondary trauma in the legal professions, a clinical perspective

    Yeal Fischman

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    Documentation

    Justification Doctrine in the Prohibition on Torture, Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment

    Frederick Piggott

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    Educational

    How to deal with torture victims, AVRE

    Hélène Jaffé

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    Institutional guidelines

    Inter-Agency Standing Committee guidelines for mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings

    Margriet Blaauw

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    Letter to the editor

    Detainees in Saudi Arabia

    Jehangir Jilani

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    Volume 18, No. 1, 2008

    Contents

    Preface

    Henrik Marcussen & Ufuk Sezgin

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    Scientific articles 

    Exposure to traumatic events among adolescents in four nations

    Ask Elklit & Tóra Petersen

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    Scientific articles

    Prevalence of traumatic events and post-traumatic stress symptoms in a student sample in Poland

    Maja Lis-Turlejska

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    Comparing psychological responses of internally displaced and non-displaced Turkish Cypriots

    Deniz Ergun, Mehmet Çakici & Ebru Çakici

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    Prevalence of PTSD and related factors in communities living in conflictual area: Diyarbakir case

    Aziz Yasan, Günay Saka, Meliksah Ertem, Mustafa Ozkan & Mehmet Ataman

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    State of the art

    Justice heals: The impact of impunity and the fight against it on the recovery of severe human rights violations' survivors

    Knut Rauchfuss & Bianca Schmolze

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    The role of jurisdiction on persistence of torture in Turkey and public reflections

    Sebnem Korur Fincanci

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    Solitary confinement. An introduction to the Istanbul statement on the use and effects of solitary confinement

    Peter Scharff Smith

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    Opinion

    The Istanbul statement on the use and effects of solitary confinement

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2007

Volume 17 - No. 3

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Scientific articles 

Producing medico-legal evidence: Documentation of torture versus the Saudi Arabian State of Denial

Kirstine Amris, Sofie Danneskiold-Samsøe, Søren Torp-Pedersen, Inge Genefke & Bente Danneskiold-Samsøe

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Documentation of torture victims, assessment of the Procedure for Medico-Legal Documentation

Lene Mandel, Lise Worm

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How therapists cope with clients' traumatic experiences

Annemarie F.M. Smith, Win Chr. Kleijn, R. Win Trijsburg, Giel F. M. Hutschemaekers

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Documentation 

Human rights abuses, transparency, impunity and the web

Steven H. Miles

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Clinical knowledge

Beyond where it started: A look at the "Healing Images" experience


Lauren Goodsmith

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The proposal for supervision training in Palestine/Middle East

Ton Haans

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Opinion

The role of the Istanbul-protocol in the uphill battle for torture survivors being granted asylum in Europe and ensuring the perpetrators pay

Jan Ole Haagensen

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Letter to the Editor

Prisoners of war and torture need more attention

Ali Khaji

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Balkan immigrants

Kevin Beck 

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  • No. 2

    Volume 17, No. 2, 2007

    Contents

    Foreword

    By Brita Sydhoff & Christian Pross

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    Scientific articles 

    New treatment approaches: integrating new media in the treatment of war and torture victims

    Christine Knaevelsrud, Birgit Wagner, Anke Karl & Julia Mueller

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    Psychological evaluation of asylum seekers as a therapeutic process 

    David Gangsei, Ana C. Deutsch

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    Treatment of torture survivors - influences of the exile situation on the course of the traumatic process and therapeutic possibilities

    Mechthild Wenk-Ansohn

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    State of the art

    The right to reparations for acts of torture: what right, what remedies?

    Dinah Shelton

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    Forensic medical examination of victims of trafficking in human beings

    Djordje Alempijevic, Dragan Jecmenica, Snezana Pavlekic, Slobodan Savic and Branimir Aleksandric

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    The Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) - Articles 22 and 20

    Bent Sørensen

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    The Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT)/ Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT)

    Bent Sørensen and Ole Vedel Rasmussen

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    Headlines from the presentations, sessions and workshops

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    Clinical knowledge

    Dance/movement therapy approaches to fostering resilience and recovery among African adolescent torture survivors

    David Alan Harris

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    Integrating rehabilitation of torture victims into the public health of Iraq

    Suad Al-Saffar

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    Sexual violence against women: psycho-juridical approach

    J.Luisa Ll. de Fernández and Carmen Wurst

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    Centre report


    Care for caregivers – self care strategies and other methods 

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    Scientific articles 

    The staying power of pain. A comparison of torture survivors from Bosnia and Colombia and their rates of anxiety, depression and PTSD 

    Abigail Alexander, Michael A. Bernstein and Stacie Blake 

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    Treatment of torture victims – a longitudinal clinical study 

    Bente Danneskiold-Samsøe, Else Marie Bartels and Inge Genefke 

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    Documentation of Torture Victims. Implementation of Medico-legal Protocols 

    Lene Mandel & Lise Worm 

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    Documentation 

    Impunity or Immunity: Wartime male rape and sexual torture as a crime against humanity 

    Hilmi M. Zawati 

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    Torture in Egypt 

    Basma M. Abdel Aziz 

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    Report from centres 

    Methods and sequelae of torture: A study in Sri Lanka 

    Piyanjali de Zoysa & Ravindra Fernando 

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    Consequences among protest survivors of 2006 in Nepal 

    Shrestha Arjun 

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    Letter to the Editor 

    Gerald Gray 

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    Errata 

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2006

Volume 16 - No. 3

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Preface

Preface

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Contents

Contents

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Contributors

Contributors

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Overcoming legal challenges to access justice and to obtain reparation for human rights violations

Overcoming legal challenges to access justice and to obtain reparation for human rights violations

Nieves Molina Clemente

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The distinction between torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment

The distinction between torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment

Manfred Nowak and Elizabeth McArthur

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Redressing Torture: a genealogy of remedies and enforcement 

Redressing Torture: a genealogy of remedies and enforcement 

Gabriela Echeverria 

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Reparation for torture? Considering the impact of the decision of the UK House of Lords Jones vs South Arabia

Reparation for torture? Considering the impact of the decision of the UK House of Lords Jones vs South Arabia 

Carla Ferstman 

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Children witnessing atrocities against their parents or caregivers, a human rights perspective 

Children witnessing atrocities against their parents or caregivers, a human rights perspective Daniela Baro 

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Torture prevention in practice. Association for the Prevention of Torture 

Torture prevention in practice. Association for the Prevention of Torture 

Edouard Delaplace and Matt Pollard 

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Ethical dimensions of using individual case history studies in campaigning, fundraising and publicity work for seeking justice 

Ethical dimensions of using individual case history studies in campaigning, fundraising and publicity work for seeking justice 

Karen Sherlock 

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An important step for prevention of torture. Istanbul Protocol and Challenges

An important step for prevention of torture. Istanbul Protocol and Challenges

Hulya Ucpinar and Turkan Baycal 

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Torture in China

Torture in China 

Hatla Thelle 

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Errata 

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    Volume 16, No. 2, 2006

    Scientific articles

    Psychiatric treatment for extremely tramatized civil war refugees from former Yugoslavia

    Gertrud Schwarz-Langer, MD, Russell R. Deighton, PhD, Lucia Jerg-Bretzke, PhD, Ingo Weisker, MD and Harald C. Traue, PhD

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    Should discrepant accounts given by asylum seekers be taken as proof of deceit?

    Jane Herlihy, DClinPsych and Stuart Turner, MD, BChir, MA

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    Clinical knowledge

    Mental states of adolescents exposed to war in Uganda: finding appropriate methods of rehabilitation

    Kennedy Amone-P'Olak, MSc

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    Dermatological findings after alleged torture
    Lis Danielsen, MD, DMSc and Ole Vedel Rasmussen, MD, DMSC

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    Opinion

    Psychology and U.S. psychologists in torture and war in the Middle East

    Gerald Gray, LCSW and Alessandra Zielinski, researcher

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    Letters to the Editor

    A response to the article by Christian Pross on "Burn out vicarious traumatization and its prevention" - TORTURE 2006; 16:1-9

    Sepp Graessner/Christian Pross

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    Volume 16, No. 1, 2006

    Scientific Articles

    Burnout, vicarious traumatization and its prevention

    Christian Pross, MD

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    PTSD symptom changes in refugees

    Rebecca Meghan Davis, PhD student in Forensic Clinical Psychology & Henry Davis, IV, PhD- Clinical Psychology

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    Self-harming behaviour and dissociation in complex PTSD: Case study of a male tortured refugee

    Shakeh Momartin, PhD Research Psychologist & Mariano Coello, Clinical Psychologist

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    Clinical Knowledge

    Domestic violence against women – an international concern

    A.K. Agnihotri, MD, S. Agnihotri, MD, N. Jeebun, MD & B. Purwar, MD

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    The physical and psychological effects of torture in Kurds seeking asylum in the United Kingdom

    Lloyd Bradley, MRCP & Nouran Tawfiq, MSc

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    Educational

    Medical physical examination in connection with torture

    Ole V. Rasmussen, MD, DMSc**, Stine Amris, MD, Margriet Blaauw, MD, MIH & Lis Danielsen, MD, DMSc

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    Errata

    Errata

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    Documentation

    The medical aspects of the UN Convention against Torture

    Ole Vedel Rasmussen, MD,DMSc*

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    Letter to the Editor

    Views on the US "Interrogation" behaviour

    Gerald Gray

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2005

Volume 15 - No. 2-3

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Contents

Politically-motivated torture and its survivors. A desk study review of the literature

Jose Quiroga and James M. Jaranson

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    Volume 15, No. 1, 2005

    Scientific Articles

    Torture and spirituality: engaging the sacred in treatment

    Linda Piwowarczyk

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    The effectiveness of empowerment workshops with torture survivors 

    Penelope Curling

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    Police Torture in Bangladesh

    Erik Edston

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    Clinical knowledge

    Policy custody death in Mauritus

    A.K.Agnihotri

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    Why survival is not enough

    Twilla Racine Welch & Mark Welch

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    Educational

    Medical, physical examination in connection with torture. Section II

    Ole V. Rasmussen, Stine Amris, Margiret Blaauw & Lis Danielsen

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    Knowlege and attitude of medical students on torture in Delhi

    S.K.Verma

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    Opinion

    The cost of coherence: The case of EU-funding for rehabilitaton of torture victims

    Mette Hjort-Madsen

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    A Prismatic Balint Group in Kuwait

    Alfred Drees

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    Documentation

    Nepal make torture a crime

    A.N.B. Shrestha

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    Systematic use of psychological torture by US forces

    Physicians for Human Rights

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    Foundation

    The Inge Genefke and Bent Sørensen Anti-Torture Support Foundation 

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2004

Volume 14 - No. 1

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Editorial

TORTURE - new size - new concept

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Scientific articles

Social transition, exclusion, shame and humiliation

Robert Oravecz, Lilla Hárdi & Lászlo Lajtai

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Case presentation of a tattoo-mutilated, Bosnian torture survivor

Ronnie D. Bower, Lisa Pahl & Michael A. Bernstein

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A study of the psychological state of formerly abducted children at Gulu World Vision Trauma Centre 

Kennedy Amone-P'Olak

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Clinical knowledge

Suicide in custody 

M.I. Sheikh & S.S. Agarwal

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Assessing and responding to secondary traumatisation in the survivors' families 

Ibrahim Kira

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Educational

Medical, physical examination in connection with torture. Section I

Ole V. Rasmussen, Stine Amris, Margiret Blaauw & Lis Danielsen

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Opinion

Torture survivors' perceptions of reparation: a survey published by the REDRESS organization, 2001

Paul Dalton

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Documentation

A torture case presented in the UK Parliament on 21 January 2004

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Gathering seaweed: African prison writing

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