The Global Anti-Torture Evidence (GATE) Project is generously funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. It aims to further the global fight against torture, by using the data collected during the rehabilitation process to prevent torture, prosecute perpetrators and help victims rebuild their lives.
Torture is pervasive across the globe and continues to inflict devastating effects on its victims. In response, 160 IRCT rehabilitation centres support thousands of torture survivors to rebuild their lives. These centres are in a unique position to collect and analyse health-based knowledge on local torture trends and patterns, victims’ needs, and the positive effect of rehabilitation. Armed with this information, they can determine how to push states to better address impunity and ensure prevention of future acts of torture and they can enable victims to let their experience count towards the global efforts to eradicate torture.
At the heart of this exciting new project lies the innovative Anti-Torture Database (ATD), which is currently in operation in 33 centres across 28 countries. Through peer-to-peer training, the GATE project aims to increase the use of the ATD and the capture of clinical data in an additional 10 centres, and enhance their knowledge of responsible data management, security and use.
Through the provision of rehabilitation support to torture survivors, the project will further increase the quantity and quality of data available to support strategic national, regional and international advocacy actions to eradicate torture. In addition, the project partners will be enabled to measure and improve the impact of their rehabilitation support to the benefit of their clients.
In December 2017, five centres from Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, Europe and the MENA regions already using the ATD came together to act as regional hubs and trainers to a further 10 centres (two per region) who are about to start using the ATD. Over a two-year period, these hub centres will train and support the 10 new centres in the use of the ATD, responsible data management, security and analysis. The data collected from these centres will then be applied to a range of strategic advocacy initiatives, locally, regionally and internationally.
Importantly, the GATE project acknowledges that vulnerable groups, specifically women and girls, are often excluded from reparation processes, the design of prevention programmes, and monitoring and reporting procedures: Consequently, they may find themselves exposed to heightened risk of torture. As such, the project incorporates a gender-based approach that seeks to ensure equal opportunity for female victims of torture and capture of their clinical information.
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The Anti-Torture Database
The IRCT developed the Anti-Torture Database (ATD) during the period 2013-2017, with funding from the European Union. The ATD allows torture rehabilitation centres to capture, store and analyse data collected from torture victims throughout the rehabilitation process, within strict ethical and safety standards. The information is used to improve the quality of services and identify patterns of torture through, among other aspects, information about victims, perpetrators, contexts of perpetration, methods of torture and related damage. The ATD supports the sector’s ability to provide better services and to evidence its work. It does so through the collection of appropriate, consistent and comparable information provided by torture victims to their care providers. The ATD is particularly unique as it allows users to take clinical information and generate both aggregated and disaggregated data reports and graphs, which can then be mobilised to support various human rights outputs.