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[Introduction to the tool]

Key arguments: the physical and psychological impact of torture prevents torture victims from engaging effectively in processes that determine their right to remain in a third country. As a result, these processes often produce negative decisions despite the individual having a substantively strong protection claim. Therefore, States should put in place special measure that ensure that torture victims are identifiedreceive support and have their protection claims evaluated in a process that gives them an effective remedy in light of their special needs. 

Central international laws, policies and cases 

UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, 1984; https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/ProfessionalInterest/cat.pdf  

UN Committee against torture, General Comment No. 3 on the implementation of article 14 by States parties, CAT/C/GC/3, 2012; https://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cat/docs/gc/cat-c-gc-3_en.pdf  

UN Global compact on refugees, A/73/12 (Part II)*, 2018https://www.unhcr.org/gcr/GCR_English.pdf   

UN Committee against torture, General comment No. 4 on the implementation of article 3 of the Convention in the context of article 22, CAT/C/GC/4, 2017http://docstore.ohchr.org/SelfServices/FilesHandler.ashx?enc=6QkG1d%2fPPRiCAqhKb7yhskvE%2bTuw1mw%2fKU18dCyrYrZBES0pgkG84G5A46LqLcmLJHtrYXeRG%2bf61gKEGS8nqmbQRCJR0BnWCaY4XxrLfz8%3d  

Friday | 29 Mar 2019

Issue 1

IRCT Advocacy toolbox

Identification - torture victims are not identified among larger groups of asylum seekers and refugees, which means that they are not provided the support that they need to get better and claim their rights.

Issue 5

IRCT Advocacy toolbox

No return to no rehabilitation - survivors should be able to rebuild their lives in safety and with assurances that expulsion cannot happen if it will jeopardise their rehabilitation process.

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