We seek to ensure that all torture victims everywhere have access to right to rehabilitation in accordance with international standards and that they are supported to hold their states accountable.

 

 

To achieve this, we lobby and advocate for the right to rehabilitation in key legislative and policy processes at the UN, the EU and other regional mechanisms, and in the countries where the IRCT is present. We have close working relationships with relevant NGOs in the human rights field and reach out to health professional organisations and other key stakeholders to help ensure that our efforts generate results in the lives of individual victims.

“I feel a little bit better after I talk. The problems are always there but it is better when you talk about them with someone.”

- Torture survivor

Right to Rehabilitation

Because IRCT member centres know the experiences and needs of their clients, they are in a strong position to identify priorities for change and influence inform the legislation and policies in their specific national context. The IRCT supports member centres in their efforts, by joining their interventions, providing strategic guidance, technical advice and practical support with their national initiatives.

 

Key documents

Tortura y el Derecho a la Rehabilitación en Colombia

Este informe analiza la situación de tortura y los malos tratos en Colombia y los principales problemas que encuentran los sobrevivientes de tortura. Escrito por el Centro de Atención Psicosocial (CAPS) y el Acompañamiento Psicosocial y Atención en Salud Mental a Víctimas de la Violencia Político (Corporación AVRE) junto con el IRCT, el informe señala que, aunque el gobierno ha concluido el proceso de paz con el FARC, la tortura sigue siendo una realidad en muchas partes del país. En gran parte como consecuencia de la polarización social y política, las violaciones de derechos humanos por parte de diferentes actores, paramilitares, Fuerza Pública, FARC, ELN, entre otros, sigue siendo un acto recurrente en la realidad colombiana, especialmente contra comunidades en situación de vulnerabilidad como indígenas, campesinos, afrodescendientes, mujeres, niños, defensores y activistas de derechos humanos.

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Torture and the Right to Rehabilitation in Germany

This report looks at the situation of torture and ill-treatment and the right to rehabilitation in Germany. Written jointly by the IRCT Secretariat and IRCT Member Centre, Zentrum Uberleben (bzfo), the aim is to examine the major problems victims of torture face in Germany and the obstacles to guaranteeing the right to rehabilitation. The report finds that due to poor reception facilities for asylum seekers and restrictions to healthcare, torture victims do not get the treatment and care they are entitled to.

Torture and the Right to Rehabilitation in Germany

 

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Torture and the Right to Rehabilitation in Kenya

This report looks at the situation of torture and ill-treatment and the right to rehabilitation in Kenya. Written jointly by the IRCT Secretariat and IRCT Member Centres CAT Kenya, IMLU and MATESO, the aim of the report is to examine the face of torture and the major problems that victims of torture face in Kenya. The report finds that torture happens particularly in the context of political violence including crackdowns on dissidents and protesters and during security and law enforcement operations. Despite the establishment of the Victims Protection Act in 2014, which includes provisions for rehabilitation and reparations, the programmes have not yet been operationalised.

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Torture and the Right to Rehabilitation in Bolivia

This report (available in English and Spanish) looks at the situation of torture and ill-treatment and the right to rehabilitation in Bolivia. Written jointly by the IRCT Secretariat and IRCT Member Centre, ITEI, the aim is to examine the face of torture and the major problems that victims of torture face in Bolivia. The report finds that torture is endemic in the country and is spurred on by a culture of impunity from authorities. In particular, members of the armed forces, police and even judiciary use torture as a mechanism of investigation. Torture disproportionately affects political dissidents, members of trade unions, marginalised populations and indigenous groups.

Torture and the Right to Rehabilitation in Bolivia (EN)

Tortura y el Derecho a la Rehabilitación en Bolivia (ES)

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Torture and the Right to Rehabilitation in Nigeria

This report looks at the situation of torture and ill-treatment and the right to rehabilitation in Nigeria. Written jointly by the IRCT Secretariat and IRCT Member Centre, PRAWA, the aim is to examine the scope of torture and the major problems that victims of torture face in Nigeria. The report finds that torture is perpetrated in national security and law enforcement contexts, exacerbated by the ongoing conflict with Boko Haram in the northern regions of the country. Detainees and others who have been deprived of their liberty are particularly vulnerable and susceptible to be tortured.

 

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Torture and the Right to Rehabilitation in the Philippines

This report looks at the situation of torture and ill-treatment and the right to rehabilitation in the Philippines. Written jointly by the IRCT Secretariat and IRCT Member Centres MAG and Balay, the aim is to examine the scope of torture and the major problems victims of torture face in the Philippines. The report finds that despite the enactment of legal reforms over the past decades, perpetrators of torture do not get arrested or prosecuted for their crimes. This is complicated by the devolved systems of government in the Philippines, which reflect the problems with the lack of implementation of different aspects of the laws concerning torture and redress.

 

 Torture and the Right to Rehabilitation in the Philippines

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Tortura y el Derecho a la Rehabilitación en Perú

Este informe analiza la situación de tortura y los malos tratos en Perú y los principales problemas que encuentran los sobrevivientes de tortura. Escrito por el Centro de Atención Psicosocial (CAPS Perú) junto con el IRCT, el informe afirma que el Estado peruano no realiza acciones suficientes para prevenirla y sancionar la tortura y los malos tratos, sin dar plena garantía de acceso a la justicia a las víctimas y a la debida reparación en su dimensión integral. Además, el Estado peruano no cuenta con lineamientos especializados para la rehabilitación de la persona torturada.

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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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