While the vision of a world without torture remains clear, 2013 was not a particularly encouraging year for it. One of history’s worst humanitarian crises unfolded in Syria and neighbouring countries, particularly affecting women and children who saw their most basic needs ignored by a passive international community; an unexpected brutal crackdown on protesters happened in Turkey and countless citizens were denied basic human rights; the protests continued in Egypt, resulting in yet more casualties; and Australia’s authorities summarily turned away refugees looking to reach the country’s shores in search for safety and a better life. These are just some examples of a year where human rights abuses and torture in particular recurrently made the front-page of newspapers in all regions of the world, and the need for torture rehabilitation grew exponentially, unmatched by the existing resources. 

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