States must do more to reach out to torture victims and provide holistic rehabilitation services so victims can rebuild their lives after torture, says a new report that presents the key conclusions from last year’s EU-NGO Human Rights Forum.
Mushegh Yekmalyan, IRCT Head of European Affairs - Photo by Thierry Roge
- Ensure the safety of staff at rehabilitation centres – both in terms of their work in risky environments and in their role of documenting abuses;
- Find ways to reach out to torture victims, as they are not likely to seek out treatment centres pro-actively;
- Provide holistic treatment including medical care as well as legal aid to those who want to seek judicial remedies; and ensure sensitivity to gender and ethnicity;
- Prioritise victims’ safety and security in all rehabilitation and redress processes.
- Ensure that victims have the right to make informed choices with regard to the redress and justice-seeking process – they should not be deprived of access to rehabilitation or psycho-social support if they are not willing to go through the legal steps to access redress;
- Involve survivors in advocacy activities, allowing them to provide testimonies and insights on effective methods of redress and rehabilitation.
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To see the full report and the executive summary click here.