All victims of torture and ill-treatment have an explicit right to rehabilitation, but very few among the hundreds of thousands of victims in the world receive the support they need to rebuild their lives after torture.
We advocate for the full implementation of the right to rehabilitation through the establishment of sufficiently resourced holistic rehabilitation programmes and services, so victims can have the opportunity to rebuild their lives after torture. IRCT members identify and define the most effective way to generate national change and the IRCT global movement reinforces these positions through advocacy at international and regional human rights fora. We promote strong judicial systems and jurisprudence that strengthen the right to rehabilitation, provide forensic expert support in legal cases and promote the implementation of the Istanbul Protocol.
We do this by leveraging our health-based knowledge and expertise about torture and its impact on victims to create change in legislation, policy and jurisprudence at the national, regional and global level.
To ensure that this process is based on strong evidence and objective measures, we collect data on torture victims experiences and needs and develop national indicator frameworks on torture victims right to rehabilitation.
World's First Global Standards on Torture Rehabilitation
The General Assembly of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims adopted the world’s first global standards in 2020 on torture rehabilitation services to ensure that survivors of torture can access quality support anywhere in the world. Access the Global Standards on Torture Rehabilitation here.
With the adoption of the standards, the global IRCT membership have made a strong commitment to the torture survivors we serve. The global standards also make clear to the global donor community and others working with torture survivors about what is needed from them to make sure that torture survivors receive quality support.
The global standards include commitments to keep services independent and accountable, ensure non-discriminatory access and the safety of clients, and to support their families. Acknowledging the strong connection between rehabilitation, empowerment and justice, the standards also commit IRCT members to make torture survivors central agents in their rehabilitation work and to help them access justice and advocate for their rights.
Online trainings on the Global Standards on Torture Rehabilitation for IRCT member centres have been made available on the IRCT Membership Community platform. Access the platform here.