Photo by Luis Robayo / AFP; Intervened with crayon, aquarelle and texts by Marcelo Brodsky, 2021

Protest Toolkit

Protests are where State and citizens meet. Too often – in dictatorships and democracies – they end in police brutality that can amount to torture and ill-treatment. That’s why the IRCT and the Human Rights Centre, University of California Berkeley Law have produced a Protest Toolkit to empower protesters, activists, and human rights defenders to collect high quality evidence of unlawful violence by security forces.

Designed to be easy to use and with eye-catching images, the Toolkit consists of an Illustrated Guide and a Documentation Form which are available in six languages: English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Ukrainian.

Illustrated Guide

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Who should use the Toolkit and why?

The Toolkit is intended for use by protesters, activists and civil society organisations. It has been developed by leading forensic experts at the IRCT, the Independent Forensic Expert Group (IFEG), and the Human Rights Centre at the University of California, Berkeley, based on their extensive experience in the field of torture investigation and documentation. The Toolkit is therefore an excellent way in which individuals who have suffered police brutality can accurately document those acts to produce a strong evidence base to advocate for accountability for perpetrators.

Documentation Form

  • Explain in detail what happened to you in protest, arrest or detention

  • Respond to key questions of evidence collection
  • Accurately describe the injuries you suffered
  • Record visible injuries using photographs and professional body diagrams

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