All victims of torture and ill-treatment have an explicit right to rehabilitation, but very few among the hundreds of thousands of victims in the world receive the support they need to rebuild their lives after torture.

The IRCT advocates for full implementation of the right to rehabilitation through the establishment of sufficiently resourced holistic rehabilitation programmes and services so victims can have the opportunity to rebuild their lives after torture.

We do this through a multitude of interventions that aim to create change in legislation, policy and jurisprudence at the national, regional and global level. We work with and through the IRCT membership to identify and define the most effective way to generate national change and reinforce these efforts through standard setting at international and regional human rights fora.

We promote strong judicial systems and jurisprudence that strengthen the right to rehabilitation, provide forensic expert support in legal cases and promote the implementation of the Istanbul Protocol.

In order to raise public awareness and generate public support for torture victims, the IRCT leads and facilitates the world’s largest commemoration of the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on 26 June under the slogan “Support Life After Torture”. More than 100 organisations worldwide come together with key regional and international stakeholders to tell the world that torture victims need our support.

“My only wish is that no one else endures the pain we went through, pain from torture, which still occurs today. I hope there can be a torture free world where human rights are not violated and where people can express their opinions.”

- Torture survivor







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