Secretary-General Victor Madrigal-Borloz has notified the Executive Committee of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims that he will step down on 30 June 2019.
Victor has served as Secretary-General since 2013 but has been a long-time contributor to the organisation since year 2000, when he led an IRCT mission to Mexico to discuss implementation of the Istanbul Protocol on the documentation of torture.
Victor informed the Executive Committee that, in his view, the process of fully delivering the organisation to the membership, for which he was himself asked to come on board in 2013 because of his unique placement in the sector, is now complete. The process triggered by the Mexico General Assembly with the participation of more than 170 members from 76 countries and the unanimous adoption of a new strategy by the membership offers a good juncture for a new Secretary-General to take forward its implementation. Equally important, after five years of residence in Copenhagen, Victor wants to reunify with his family in Washington DC.
The President of the IRCT, Jorge Aroche, noted that “Victor, as a consummate statesman of many years’ experience devoted to the human rights movement brought to the IRCT a unique set of corporate, communication and leadership skills that have been crucial in enabling our IRCT movement to negotiate one of the most difficult times in its history. It has been a privilege to have him in this role for five years. We are forever in his debt and look forward to an ongoing relationship with Victor as a lifetime supporter of the IRCT.”
Victor’s other functions, including that of United Nations Independent Expert on Violence and Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, will remain unchanged.
The IRCT will advertise the position of Secretary-General in January 2019.