We seek to become a leading hub of global knowledge on health-based rehabilitation; identifying shared knowledge, gaps and setting the research agenda. This research broadly informs our daily work, including best practices in rehabilitation services, clinical and non-clinical policy, capacity building, advocacy, communications, and campaigning activities.

Developing Research And Clinical Data

The Data in the Fight Against Impunity (DFI) project is at the heart of the research development strategy of the IRCT. The overall aim of the project is to contribute to the fight against impunity and to evidence the need for delivery of the right to rehabilitation using data gathered from survivors of torture to support accountability, prevention and rehabilitation of victims of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Thirty-two rehabilitation centres around the globe are currently using the clinical database developed through the project.

State Of The Right To Rehabilitation

We regularly bring together members, academia, researchers and professionals within and external to the sector for conferences and expert meetings. These events allow the movement to align its research priorities and mobilise research and knowledge on rehabilitation approaches, methods and protocols. All of these activities focus on the key objective of examining how to deliver on the promise of the right to rehabilitation.


IRCT Events contains the programmes and online proceedings for past and future events, and includes the full Online proceedings with presentations and video recordings of the 10th International Scientific Symposium held in 2016 in Mexico City.

Torture Journal

Torture Journal is the pre-eminent journal publication in its field, with subscribers in 116 countries. Its publication provides a multi-disciplinary forum for the exchange of original research and systematic reviews among professionals concerned with the biomedical, psychological and social interface of torture.

Facilitating Research In Centres And Building Research Networks

The IRCT fellowships programme will be launched in 2017 with a call for proposals to IRCT member centres and interested research institutions. Central to this programme is to identify resources that can be dedicated to fulfil our research potential and address research gaps.

Through local fellowships, member centres will be supported to focus on the research they want to carry out do for which there are no dedicated resources. IRCT member centres with established research programmes, strategic research institutions and universities will collaborate as part of the programme, providing research supervision and mentoring to fellows and supporting the creation of larger research projects and networks.

For more information, please contact Lars Døssing Rosenmeier at ldr@irct.org.

“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

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