With New Year approaching, we at World Without Torture reflect on a selection of the stories which we have covered over the past year.
The last year has seen many tragedies, obstacles and difficulties in the human rights field. But coupled with this has come tremendous success, concrete change, and real participation in the fight to ensure human rights are respected across the globe.
Click any picture in the gallery below for more information and links to some of the most memorable stories this year. This list is by no means exhaustive, so please feel free to add your additions in the comments. We look forward to seeing you in 2014 and wish you a very happy New Year.
We focused on the plight facing Syrian refugees, particularly women and children, following reports of children becoming targets of torture http://wp.me/p1FGNE-sB
For the first time the two UN Special Rapporteurs met in an online debate to mark International Day for the Eradication of Torture http://wp.me/p1FGNE-rk
Inspired by the UN Women campaign highlighting how people view women across the globe, we experimented with Google ourselves to see how the world views torture. See the results here: http://wp.me/p1FGNE-rV
Human rights organisations from across the globe united for 26 June campaign to support victims of torture: http://wp.me/p1FGNE-pe
Human rights defender Maryam al-Khawaja spoke to us about the often unseen torture in Bahrain: http://wp.me/p1FGNE-rJ
The IRCT launched the Testimonial Wall – a place where the stories from survivors of torture are shared: http://wp.me/p1FGNE-sg
We called for better treatment of refugees fleeing conflict after 11 Congolese refugees were deported from the UK. The security of the refugees was being questioned by UK charity Justice First: http://wp.me/p1FGNE-s4
The Guardian’s Ian Cobain spoke about his work covering stories of torture, and the role of the US and UK in human rights abuses: (photo provided free of charge)
The IRCT published a report into the right to rehabilitation to mark the 26 June UN International Day to Support Victims of Torture: http://wp.me/p1FGNE-oK
The case surrounding torture overseen by Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge shows why apologising for torture is never enough: http://wp.me/p1FGNE-r4
A new IRCT report highlights the importance of forensic documentation in seeking justice in torture cases: http://wp.me/p1FGNE-na
Cairo-based journalist Tom Rollins gave us insight into the realities of violence in Egypt: http://wp.me/p1FGNE-qr
Copenhagen set the stage for the one-billion rising event to recognise the abuse still facing women today: http://wp.me/p1FGNE-mF
Protests in Egypt featured heavily in the news this year, many of which resulted in casulaties: http://wp.me/p1FGNE-qr
US-based Witness Against Torture protest against the nomination of John Brennan to head the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Brennan has outspokenly condoned the use of rendition and torture: http://wp.me/p1FGNE-mm