International Rehabilitation Council for Tortured Victims IRCT

  • Our work can be divided into three mutually reinforcing areas: offering rehabilitation services to torture survivors; countering impunity for perpetrators and promoting justice for survivors; and raising awareness among policy-makers and citizens.
  • Because torture is a political act, the rehabilitation of torture survivors is often also perceived as political … (full text abourt /what we do).

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Addresses (1 of 2): International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims IRCT, Borgergade 13, P.O. Box 9049,  DK-1022, Copenhagen K, Denmark;
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What is the IRCT? The IRCT is the umbrella for more than 140 independent torture rehabilitation organisations in over 70 countries. Each year our members treat more than 100,000 torture survivors and their families. 

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Our vision: A world that values and accepts shared responsibility for the eradication of torture.

Our mission: To promote and support the rehabilitation of torture victims and work for the prevention of torture

Our values: Freedom from torture as a universal and fundamental human right for all as guaranteed under international law and defined in the UN Convention against Torture:

  • Shared responsibility for the eradication of torture worldwide, requiring the commitment of each and every individual in their personal and professional capacity to work for the most vulnerable in world society.
  • An end to impunity as critical in bringing to an end acts of torture and in ensuring justice and reparation for victims of torture.
  • Confidentiality of torture victims and their families in recognition of our ethical obligation to protect the inherent dignity of each individual in our efforts to provide rehabilitation treatment and services and to seek and promote justice in the fight against torture.
  • Cultural sensitivity as a guiding principle in the provision of rehabilitation and treatment services for torture victims worldwide without discrimination on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, religion or political affiliation.
  • Democratic development in all States and all international forums to promote the full and equitable participation of all individuals, particularly the most vulnerable, which demands both recognition and rehabilitation for torture victims and effective legal and political measures to prevent acts of torture.
  • Partnerships established throughout the network, and in co-operation with new and existing donors, which seek to promote and support the rehabilitation of torture victims at the international and local level and which work for the prevention of torture worldwide.
  • Professional development by sharing our knowledge based on medical research and experience in the rehabilitation of torture victims and by enhancing the capacity of each individual through staff development and training.

Partnerships: The IRCT has special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council and the UN Department of Public Information, and participatory status with the Council of Europe.

Important collaboration partners include (but are not limited to):

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