As a network of over 160 members in more than 70 countries, IRCT aims to work towards a financially sustainable torture rehabilitation sector that applies quality knowledge and tools on rehabilitation. This fosters the finances, understanding of torture, and rehabilitation expertise necessary for continually rehabilitating victims of torture worldwide.
Torture Journal is the pre-eminent journal publication in its field, with subscribers in 116 countries. Its publication provides a multi-disciplinary forum for the exchange of original research and systematic reviews among professionals concerned with the biomedical, psychological and social interface of torture.
More than 370 participants attended this multidisciplinary three-day event in December 2016. The 10th IRCT International Scientific Symposium shared knowledge with the movement.
Financial Sustainability Platform
For the past 10 years, the strategy of the torture rehabilitation movement has been centred around encouraging States to deliver on their obligation of providing rehabilitation services to victims of torture, as stated in Article 14 of the UN Convention against Torture. This has been a powerful human-rights based discourse and approach, which has allowed for the movement to access human-rights based funding. However, the availability of this type of funding has decreased, which has significantly impacted rehabilitation centres, especially in the low and middle-income countries.
We support our members in accessing funding and exploring new funding streams to create long-term sustainability. Priority have the establishment of a Working Group on Resources to support the efforts of the movement to increase resources available for the provision of torture rehabilitation services and intensify advocacy and lobbying efforts toward States to adequately fund national torture rehabilitation services and the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture.
We administer an annual Subgranting programme of small core grants for rehabilitation services. The IRCT’s Rehabilitation Centre Support Grants programme enables rehabilitation centres, in particular in low and medium income countries, to ensure that torture victims have access to professional and effective treatment. The Subgrants are supporting centres’ core activities and, in particular, the direct provision of rehabilitation services. As an increasing number of rehabilitation centres face financial challenges and constraints, these grants are an important source of income for many of our members and other rehabilitation initiatives.