Governance and Policy provide the platform for all leadership processes within our movement. One of the core values of the IRCT is democracy, which guides decision-making, consideration and accountability for any activities. This means that all our actions must be within the frame of a mandate defined by the IRCT General Assembly.
As a membership organisation, the IRCT is always guided by our members. When it comes to developing the organisation’s strategic plan, we follow considerations and decisions made by our Council, which consists of 26 representatives from the membership and three independent experts. The Secretary-General is accountable to the IRCT Executive Committee, which is made up by eight members from the Council (one from each region) and one independent.
IRCT's policies represent the voice of the world’s largest membership-based organisation in the field of torture rehabilitation, and address the issues critical to the global membership. They significantly further IRCT’s mission, and denote a clear path on addressing urgent gaps in the fight against torture, still prevalent throughout the world. The latest policy adopted by the IRCT is the Mexico Consensus, which establishes an ambitious agenda for the long term sustainability of the torture rehabilitation movement and a series of conditions under which states must provide victims with access rehabilitation services.
IRCT Council Declarations
- Copenhagen Declaration on the Right to Rehabilitation, 2014
- Copenhagen Declaration on Torture and Forced Migration, 2014
- Copenhagen Declaration on Torture and Detention, 2014
IRCT General Assembly Resolutions
Supporting members in delivering rehabilitation services is a key priority for the IRCT. The IRCT membership team ensures that we are always aware of the need of our members. It is through this team that the IRCT provides direct support to members, distribute sub-grants to members, administer the member’s site and process new membership applications.
The IRCT sub-grants help centres provide services by supporting their core activities and, in particular, the direct provision of rehabilitation. As an increasing number of rehabilitation centres face financial challenges and constraints, these grants are an important source of income for many of our members.
Each year, the sub-grants programme supports rehabilitation centres’ efforts to ensure that torture victims have access to professional and effective treatment.
On average, 40 to 60 grants ranging between EUR 5,000 to 20,000 each are distributed annually, benefitting tens of thousands of survivors. Grants are primarily awarded to centres in low and middle income countries who are facing budget shortfalls, despite their best efforts at attracting funding and we are reminded each year of the tremendous difference these sub-grants make for torture victims across the globe.
Interaction and instant information sharing between IRCT members is key to understanding the diversity of the movement’s challenges and strengths. The IRCT members’ site, which was rolled out during 2015, provides a unique opportunity for doing exactly this by letting members
share important data and information with each other.
Each year, the IRCT processes new membership applications to ensure that any rehabilitation centre meeting the requirements are able to join our growing network.
The General Assembly is the democratic basis of the IRCT governance structure. All our member centres take part in the General Assembly. Through the General Assembly, our members elect regional representatives and provide input into the policies and strategies of the IRCT in order to advance the global mission of the organisation.