In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in the US, IRCT issued this statement in June on all IRCT social media platforms:
We stand in solidarity with the families of George Floyd and the ever-growing list of black people tortured and killed by a system that denies their humanity. We stand with the peaceful protestors demanding accountability, fair and just systems, and law enforcement that protects and serves their communities. When there is a breach of duty, the authorities should be held accountable. As providers of services in rehabilitation centers worldwide who work with survivors who have fled regimes which oppress their people, we know their pain as we engage in their healing. In unity with other voices around the world, we speak out for the dignity and human rights of each person as we are all part of the same human family. When one part of the body is in pain, we are all in pain. Join with us as we work toward transforming our world to one without torture.
We continue to monitor the situation globally with seriousness. Many of our clients have to live with severe consequences of racism, violence, gender-based violence and homophobia in their homelands. These clients are often people of color. Having fled war-torn countries to find security, protection, peace and to receive rehabilitation in their new countries, many clients are particularly vulnerable to the systemic racism that is alive and well in many countries around the world. Not only have they had to flee from their homes; they cannot live in peace in a country they had hoped would be a safe-haven. Not only is this re-traumatizing but they have to continue to work in order to survive, they have to continue to move around cities, walk down dark streets, apply for jobs, buy groceries - all in places where they are exposed to authoritative figures like the police who should be protecting them. They live in a renewed fear that they will experience torture and violence again just because of their race.
IRCT continues to follow the development in the US, but also in many other countries where we see civil uprising as a consequence of the Black Lives Matter protests. We condemn the misuse of power that police can execute and the judicial system that targets people of colour - we demand justice and we will continue to speak out until we see change.