Other IRCT key publications
Recognising Victims of Torture in National Asylum Procedures: A comparative overview of early identification of victims and their access to medico-legal reports in asylum-receiving countries
This report is a comparative overview on the early identification of victims of torture and the use and acceptance of medico-legal reports as evidence in asylum proceedings in regions where these issues are particularly relevant to the IRCT. The report analyses the responses from centres in 18 countries that participated in a survey. From these findings, we make a number of recommendations to stakeholders. In doing so, we hope to encourage them to address the gaps and shortfalls in the protection offered to victims of torture in national asylum procedures.
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Engaging with European Union foreign policy on the ground: An IRCT guide
This guide aims to inform IRCT members of the structure and components of the human rights dimension of EU foreign policy, with an emphasis on the mechanisms accessible to them on the ground in their countries. Its purpose is to encourage members to engage in closer cooperation and information sharing with EU representatives to increase the visibility of issues relating to torture as well as their inclusion in EU policy towards third countries, consequently promoting domestic change.
Engaging with State reviews in the UN Committee Against Torture: A practical guide
United Nations treaty bodies such as the Committee against Torture, in particular its State review procedure, can provide useful support to existing domestic advocacy initiatives by bringing international attention and legitimacy to issues already being advanced domestically. It is our hope that this guide will help empower human rights advocates at the local level to effectively use the Committee’s State review process to promote domestic change.
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Engaging with UN Human Rights Mechanisms: An Introduction
Engagement with UN and other international and regional human rights mechanisms can be a powerful tool for promoting domestic change, if it is done strategically – on the right issue, at the right time and in the right way. However, it is important to carefully consider if and how to engage in order to ensure that an organisation’s limited resources are spent on generating as much domestic change as possible.
Getting the evidence: Countering torture through medico-legal documentation
Torture can be proved through the use of documentation. However, often the required forensic expertise is not available to produce medico-legal reports of sufficient quality or the reports are not taken into account in legal proceedings due to flawed regulations or practice. For this reason, the IRCT works to promote the value and use of medical documentation of torture according to the international standards contained in the Istanbul Protocol.
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Working with the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture:
A practical guide for NGOs engaging with the process of SPT country visits
A Practical Guide to the UPR: How NGOs can influence the Universal Periodic Review process
Forensic Examination Missions by Medical Teams Investigating and Documenting Alleged Cases of Torture: Operational Manual
Manual for Good Practice and Management in Trauma Centres: Structural Aspects of Work Related Stress - Care for Caregivers
The IRCT strategy framework
The IRCT strategy framework for the period 2010-2014 is the result of a consultative process with our membership of torture rehabilitation centres worldwide. It thus represents the views, priorities and knowledge of thousands of the world’s most experienced torture rehabilitation professionals.
Practical guide to the Istanbul Protocol
- for medical doctors: Medical Physical Examination of Alleged Torture Victims (PDF, 519kb)
- for psychologists: Psychological Evaluation of Torture Allegations (PDF, 471kb)
- for lawyers: Action Against Torture (PDF, 627kb)
Una guía práctica del Protocolo de Estambul
- para médicos: Examen Físico Médico de Víctimas de Tortura Alegadas (PDF, 534kb)
- para psicólogos: La Evaluación Psicólogica de Alegaciones de Tortura (PDF, 493kb)
- para abogados: Acción Contra la Tortura (PDF, 673kb)
Guide pratique du Protocole d’Istanbul
- à l’intention des médecins: L'examen Médical Physique des Victimes de Torture Présumées (PDF, 539kb)
- à l’intention des psychologues: L'evaluation Psychologique des Allégations de Torture (PDF, 475kb)
- à l’intention des avocats: Action Contre la Torture (PDF, 684kb)
Exchange Programme -
Global Capacity Building Programme
This publication contains narratives by participants of the Exchange Programme, which has enabled face-to-face, on-site professional trainings and allowed staff from rehabilitation centres to receive constructive feedback on the quality of work they are doing. The Exchange Programme was part of a major initiative, the Global Capacity Building Programme, which was implemented by the IRCT with funding of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Download as a PDF file (500 KB, opens a new window)
Shedding light on a dark practice
Using the Istanbul Protocol to document torture
A range of health and legal experts from around the world share their knowledge and experiences on documenting and reporting cases of alleged torture. Download as a PDF file (3.7 MB)
To learn more about the Istanbul Protocol, visit www.preventingtorture.org
Photobook Renewing lives
A photobook that aims to illustrate the effects of torture on its victims as well as the positive results of the rehabilitation and empowerment of survivors. Published in observance of the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Convention Against Torture, which came into force on June 26 1987, and in honour of torture survivors. Download as a PDF file (530 KB) or see also a slide presentation.
Anniversary book: The struggle that must be won
A book published on the occasion of the IRCT's 20th anniversary, in 2005, tells the history of the organisation through personal tales and testimonies. Written by Fabian af Petersens.
Download as a PDF file (3.5 MB) or view it online at the virtual publisher ISSUU.