Yesterday, Nora Sveaass, a leading expert in rehabilitation of torture victims, received the University of Oslo's 2018 Human Rights Award for her lifelong work with refugees, human rights violations and the psychological consequences on victims. The IRCT warmly congratulates Ms Sveaass with this well-deserved recognition of her tireless work with torture victims.
Photo credit: UiO/Terje Heiestad
Ms Sveaass has a long and distinguished career working with the rehabilitation of torture victims both in Norway and around the world. From 2005 to 2013, she served as an independent expert in the UN Committee Against Torture. Here, she actively pushed the work of the Committee in a more victim-centred direction by increasing the focus on documentation of torture and the rehabilitation of victims. She completed this work as a leading author behind the Committee’s General Comment 3, which set out new standards for a victim’s right to redress and rehabilitation. Due to their firm grounding in global health-based knowledge on the consequences of torture on victims, these standards have since become a cornerstone in the work of rehabilitation centres around the world.
Speaking at the award ceremony, IRCT Advocacy Director, Asger Kjaerum said: “with your strong efforts to combine the expertise of the legal and the health professions in the fight against torture, you have created unique results and laid the foundation that all of us are walking on today when we confront states with their obligations towards victims of torture”
The IRCT looks forward to continued collaboration with Ms Sveaass in bringing health-based knowledge about torture to the forefront of our efforts to implement international standards so that victims get the opportunity to rebuild their lives.