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Open Wounds: Healing Torture Victims from Syria

Open Wounds: Healing Torture Victims from Syria

Victims of torture from Syria, Yusuf and Abu Yazan, are rebuilding their lives after receiving rehabilitation services from the Restart Center in Northern Lebanon, with the support of the UN Fund for Victims of Torture.
Kyrgyzstan establishes a new system to prevent torture

Kyrgyzstan establishes a new system to prevent torture

Following alarming reports of torture in places of detention after the ethnic conflict in 2010, Kyrgyzstan is the first country in Central Asia to adopt a National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) law, which establishes a National Centre as an independent body to monitor places of detention.
"Hidden" victims: the children of parents on death row

"Hidden" victims: the children of parents on death row

The Human Rights Council, at its latest meeting in Geneva, has brought to the fore the human rights of children whose parents are on death row, urging States to provide appropriate protection and assistance.
Mistreatment in healthcare settings: when a carer becomes a torturer

Mistreatment in healthcare settings: when a carer becomes a torturer

The Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan Méndez, analyses forms of abuse in healthcare settings which could constitute torture.
Closing the circle for victims of torture

Closing the circle for victims of torture

The UN Committee against Torture calls for an end to amnesties for the perpetrators of torture and ill-treatment.
Despite progress in abolishing the death penalty, thousands remain on death row

Despite progress in abolishing the death penalty, thousands remain on death row

As the number of States with the death penalty on their statute books falls, still thousands of prisoners remain on death row. The UN Human Rights Office supports the United Nations in its campaign to end executions globally.
Mechanisms to prevent torture in South America: the way forward for Chile

Mechanisms to prevent torture in South America: the way forward for Chile

Human rights experts from the Americas discuss the establishment and role of national mechanisms to prevent torture in detention.
A torture victim’s fight for justice

A torture victim’s fight for justice

Farrukh Gapirov says the police in Kyrgyzstan tortured him. The UN Human Rights office in the country and a local NGO are assisting him in his quest for justice.
UN helps torture victims rebuild their lives

UN helps torture victims rebuild their lives

Torture survivors rebuild their lives at VIVRE CAPREC, a rehabilitation centre funded by the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture.
Guinea torture victims thirst for justice

Guinea torture victims thirst for justice

UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay visits Guinea and Senegal in her first mission to West Africa. UN says urgent judicial reforms in Guinea need to be in place to pave the way for ending the culture of impunity.
Vanuatu takes the lead

Vanuatu takes the lead

Vanuatu is set to become the first Pacific Island nation to ratify the Convention against Torture.
Prison walls – locking prisoners in and society out

Prison walls – locking prisoners in and society out

The UN Special Rapporteur on torture says more than half the world’s prisoners live in appalling conditions and calls for a Special Convention on the Rights of Detainees.
UN human rights chief welcomes increased capacity of torture-prevention body

UN human rights chief welcomes increased capacity of torture-prevention body

High Commissioner welcomes a new milestone in the fight against torture that increases the capacity of an expert committee tasked to monitor states’ compliance with the UN treaty on the prevention of torture.
United against torture

United against torture

High Commissioner marked the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on 26 June by calling on leaders worldwide to root out torture.