Welcome to the new World Without Torture blog.
Having just passed our 25-year-mark, we wanted to take the next step – blogging. World Without Torture is found on Facebook and Twitter, but we hoped to expand our efforts in social media. We wanted to provide a space where our community of torture fighters, supporters, and survivors can speak about this global struggle for a world without torture.
And, at the IRCT – the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims – we wanted to open our doors so our community of supporters can understand a bit more about just what we do at our Secretariat office in Copenhagen, and liaison offices in Geneva and Brussels. Additionally, we plan to ask our member centres – more than 140 members in about 70 countries worldwide – to add their voices to this space to explain the ongoing work in preventing torture, providing access to justice, and providing rehabilitative services to the victims.
And, more than anything, we wanted to highlight a space for survivors of torture to share their stories.
As such, in the coming weeks and months, expect many changes in how we share our organisation’s work, mission, and experiences. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, we will post news links, updates, and some analysis on ongoing cases of torture around the world. Every week, we will write a focused piece on a region or issue related to torture. And, our in-house experts will provide analysis and explanations of the work they do – from missions to the Philippines to study the affects of torture on children, to our regional member seminars in Latin America and how rehabilitative clinics in that region share information and knowledge.
And throughout this blogging ‘conversation’, we will, of course, always keep our doors open. If you have an idea for a blog post, an issue you would like us to cover, please feel free to add it to the comments or e-mail us at email@example.com.