With 160 member centres in 76 countries, we are the largest global network of medical and legal professionals working with and for survivors of torture to rebuild their lives through rehabilitation, and to fight for their human rights and justice.

The IRCT exists because of and for its members. From the highly specialised medical clinic working in a European city, to the local branch of a social welfare organisation working across the Indian continent, the diversity of members’ expertise represents the organisation’s greatest strength. 

The IRCT’s work rests on two pillars survivors say are inter-dependent and mutually reinforcing. Without healing, survivors cannot regain their life before torture, and injustice continues. Without justice and accountability, healing remains incomplete.

Torture Survivors Treated
of the Survivors are Women
Live in Poverty
Experienced Sexual or Gender-based Violence
Survivors Identify as LGBTI+

‘Human Rights in Our Time’

‘The world of human rights is changing. From Colombia to Belarus, Nigeria to Myanmar, there is unprecedented public awareness about the importance of human rights in our everyday lives. A diverse and resolute public is defiant in the face of authoritarianism and shrinking civil society space. States are utilising torture to supress dissent, silence civil society and further repress and marginalise. As the leading global expert on investigating and documenting torture and rehabilitating survivors, the IRCT is centrally placed to tackle these mounting challenges and build on the opportunities that we see.’ 

Lela Tsiskarishvili
IRCT President
Lisa Henry
IRCT Secretary General


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Register here for our upcoming 2-day event on Survivor Engagement co-hosted with Freedom From Torture:

🌠2nd of February 11:00 to 13:30 CET – Engaging Survivors Within Rehabilitation Services
🌠3d of February 11:00 to 13:30 CET – Survivor Engagement in Advocacy

You can register through this link to both events.

New call for papers on Livelihoods and Survivor Engagement!

Submit your papers here.