Watch UN panel discussion on rehabilitation of torture victims

Our United Nations event with the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the UN was a big success.  It was a fascinating discussion on the necessity of rehabilitation of torture victims held at UN headquarters in New York City.

Find a webcast of the event here.

IRCT SG Brita Sydhoff speaks at UN event on rehabilitation of torture victims. She is joined by Danish ambassador and panel moderator Carsten Staur (left) and torture survivor and member of UK-based Survivors Speak OUT Raphael Mfuambote Kiama (right). UN Photo by Eskinder Debebe.

The main points? Rehabilitation serves multiple needs:

– Torture victims have a right to full, holistic rehabilitation
– Holistic rehabilitation allows survivors to live as full life as possible after the crimes, abuse, and damaged caused by torture – both mental and physical
– Rehabilitation prevents torture. Torture continues because those who commit these crimes do not fear persecution; they live in impunity from their crimes. Rehabilitation, which includes access to justice mechanisms, means torturers can no longer hide from their crimes. Treatment centre also provide access for testimonies of torture, documentation (possibly forensic) of the crimes, and access to justice.

For more information, read our two-page description of these main points here (PDF).

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