The General Assembly of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) has adopted the world’s first global standards on torture rehabilitation services to ensure that survivors of torture can access quality support anywhere in the world.
With the adoption of the standards, the global IRCT membership have made a strong commitment to the torture survivors we serve. The global standards also make clear to the global donor community and others working with torture survivors about what is needed from them to make sure that torture survivors receive quality support.
The global standards include commitments to keep services independent and accountable, ensure non-discriminatory access and the safety of clients, and to support their families. Acknowledging the strong connection between rehabilitation, empowerment and justice, the standards also commit IRCT members to make torture survivors central agents in their rehabilitation work and to help them access justice and advocate for their rights.
“The adoption of the global standards is a vital step to creating an ever stronger, more vibrant, accountable and determined movement. I am immensely proud because this is a truly democratic expression by our global membership and it will make us stronger in our fight to create a world without torture,” said Jorge Aroche, outgoing President of the IRCT following the adoption.
Each year, the IRCT’s members provide essential support to tens of thousands of survivors to rebuild their lives after torture. With these services, survivors are able to reclaim their agency, build better lives for themselves and their families and actively participate in society.
IRCT Secretary-General, Lisa Henry, said, “Everyday all around the world, rehabilitation centres open their doors to torture survivors to help them rebuild their lives. These standards matter because they make our commitment to survivors clear and that help us work together to make it become reality for all survivors.”
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The Global Standards on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims were developed and adopted by the IRCT global membership of torture rehabilitation centres between 2016 and 2020. The standards were initially developed on the basis of a global survey of good practices employed by IRCT members. Since then, they have gone three phases of revision: 1) a technical review by experts from the membership to ensure quality; 2) regional consultations to ensure relevance to the different local contexts in which IRCT members work; and 3) a political negotiation and adoption process in the IRCT’s General Assembly to ensure the widest possible engagement and support in the IRCT membership.
The final document was adopted unanimously by the IRCT General Assembly on the 6th of October 2020.
Read the Global Standards on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims here
For any questions, please contact Asger Kjaerum, Director of Advocacy of the IRCT, at firstname.lastname@example.org