The IRCT entered 2017 with an invigorated focus and cohesiveness following its first physical General Assembly and Scientific Symposium in 10 years. Despite great political and financial challenges, the movement achieved impressive results towards realising its vision of a world without torture.
Substantial strides have been made in our movement’s ability to hold States accountable for their delivery of the right to rehabilitation. In 2017, we consolidated the impact of the Anti-Torture Database in the next phase of its development, we continued our work to create monitoring and evaluation tools for the provision of rehabilitation services, and we significantly contributed towards the establishment of regional standards on the right to rehabilitation in Africa and Europe. The IRCT remained the global venue in which rehabilitation centres around the world unite to combine their specialised knowledge, express solidarity with each other, and unify their voices to support the rights of victims of torture around the world.
These achievements were coupled with ongoing efforts to increase the resources available to the sector. These efforts include work in relation to the UNVFVT, EU internal and external funding, as well as crowdfunding and other individual donation initiatives.
2017 also marked the midpoint of the IRCT’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. To ensure an in-depth reflection and analysis of the achievements and challenges faced within the implementation of the strategy, an ambitious bottom-up internal review process took place throughout the year. The result? The unanimous adoption of an updated strategy for the period 2018-2020 focused on the uniqueness of the IRCT and the measurement of the movement’s results. Over the course of the next three years the movement will focus on three fundamental outcomes: (1) global standards on rehabilitation being effectively implemented, monitored and evaluated, (2) a financial sustainable sector applying quality knowledge and tools on rehabilitation, and (3) a unified well-governed rehabilitation movement.
This year, our movement grew to 161 centres in 74 countries. Despite the substantial challenges our movement continues to face, the IRCT stands strong in echoing the vision of thousands of rehabilitation providers around the world, united in the purpose to support life after torture. We will continue uncompromising in the conviction that victims of torture have an inalienable right to rehabilitation, and that it is our mission to support them in this quest.
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Read the 2017 annual report here