We believe that by mobilising clinical data about torture we can empower torture rehabilitation centres to create positive change in the lives of individual victims and in the global fight against torture.

Therefore, we help torture rehabilitation centres to collect data from their client and develop common approaches to data analysis and storage.

We do this by making available a user-friendly Anti-Torture Database, which enables torture rehabilitation centres to collect and analyse the information they receive from torture victims about patterns of torture, its impact on victims and their corresponding needs for reparation.


Through our data projects, we aim to advance the torture rehabilitation movement's ability to collect standardised data and evidence its work. These projects help us build a robust, international capacity to collect appropriate, consistent and comparable information as well as to foster a movement-wide habit of sharing data across centres and national borders for human rights purposes.

Global Anti Torture Evidence (GATE) project

Through peer-to-peer training and leadership, we increase the use of our Anti-Torture Database (ATD), expand the capturing of clinical data, and enhance knowledge of responsible data management, security and use. Data collected from the ATD is applied to a range of strategic advocacy initiatives, locally, regionally and internationally. The GATE Project is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and comprises 15 rehabilitation centres from Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, Europe and the MENA regions. Find the full project page here.

Data in the Fight against Impunity

We evidence our work and support anti-impunity initiatives through the Anti-Torture Database (ATD), which was designed, tested and implemented by the Data in the Fight against Impunity (DFI project partners from Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, Europe and the MENA regions. Data generated by the ATD is used to create powerful evidence-based approaches that not only foster operational efficiency but also support research outputs utilised for advocacy purposes and to fight impunity. Funded by the European Union, the DFI project was implemented from 2014-2017 and comprised centres from 28 countries. Find the full project page here.

The Anti-Torture Database (ATD) facilitates the ability of IRCT centres to collect clinical data and integrate the documentation of torture at all stages of the rehabilitation process. With the ATD rehabilitation centres can capture, store and analyse information collected from torture victims within strict ethical and safety standards. The data is used to improve the quality of services and identify patterns of torture through, among other aspects, information about victims, perpetrators, context of the crime, methods of torture and its damage on victims.

The ATD is currently in operation in 15 countries where the IRCT is present and the information collected informs interventions towards national, regional and international decision-makers and the general public. Read our brochure here.

Data Analysis Practices for the Anti-Torture Field

A manual for analysing and reporting quantitative data from the IRCT Anti-Torture Database (ATD). The manual introduces ATD users to the fundamentals of quantitative data analysis. The aim of this manual is to assist ATD users to develop and improve their quantitative data analysis expertise.

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Responsible Data Management: A Trainer’s Toolkit

This toolkit is intended to be used as a reference for a professional working in a torture rehabilitation centre to train others in responsible data management. It provides an introduction to, and practical exercises in, the area of responsible and ethical data management in an anti-torture and human rights context. It can be used as a stand-alone tool, or in conjunction with other resources on responsible data management.

The toolkit is available in ArabicEnglishFrench and Spanish.

IRCT Digital Security Guide

The purpose of this Digital Security Guide is to assist torture rehabilitation centres using the IRCT’s Anti-Torture Database (ATD) to enhance their digital security and ensure the highest possible standards are followed to protect personal data. The Digital Security Guide outlines three basic security steps to improve the secure use of the ATD: Secure Passwords, Secure Backups and Secure Devices

The Data Reference Group

The IRCT Data and Research Methods Reference Group (Data Reference Group) advises on the standards applicable to those engaged in IRCT data collection and its use as part of the IRCT Data Programme. To this end, the Data Reference Group provides advice on a range of issues including responsible data collection, development of shared minimum data sets, definitional questions and research methods.

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