One of our most significant endeavors has been our strategy through sharing knowledge. The IRCT seeks to become a global hub of knowledge, data, and documentation on the global movement to prevent torture and rehabilitate the victims of torture. To do so we engage in multiple ways with professionals – medical, legal and political – in the field of human rights and torture rehabilitation, the wider public audience and global supports, and key international and national government stakeholders.
For example, through our Secretariat and the wider IRCT network, we coordinate to publish reports and manuals on issues ranging from a new manual for forensic teams on missions to document torture, to information on care for caregivers to prevent burnout of rehabilitation centre staff. Furthermore, for the last 20 years we have published Torture Journal, a thrice-yearly academic journal on rehabilitation of torture victims and the global movement to prevent torture. Many of these reports are also used to advocate on behalf of our network to key international bodies, such as the United Nations and European Union. As a result, our strategy to share knowledge extends to these legislative, government, and international bodies to keep the issue of torture and rehabilitation on the agenda.
The IRCT also capitalises on internationally recognised campaigns and events to spread the message that torture survivors need our support. For example, each year IRCT members commemorate 26 June – the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture through activities such as conferences, parades, readings, performances and more. Similar events take place annually on 10 December, Human Rights Day. The IRCT uses such occasions to highlight the importance of rehabilitation in rebuilding torture survivors’ lives and to work for the prevention of torture worldwide. We also encourage others to get involved in the struggle against torture by producing campaign materials that anyone can download from the IRCT website.
Our awareness-raising efforts also extend to reaching out to the broadest audience possible through various media channels. The IRCT participates in interviews, and submits commentaries to radio, television, medical journals, local and international newspapers, magazines and blogs. In addition, you can connect with us through social media – on Facebook, Twitter, and our blog.