Feature stories


Syrian victims seek justice against their torturers
Syrian victims seek justice against their torturers
Khaled Rawas and 21 other Syrians survivors look to a German court to seek redress for the inhuman treatment they suffered at the hands of their torturers in Syria. The UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture is supporting their quest for justice.
2 May 2018
Access to justice is a form of rehabilitation for torture victims
Access to justice is a form of rehabilitation for torture victims
Despite remarkable progress made in the international framework to prohibit torture, there needs to be greater focus on victims being able to access justice through victim-centered work, stated the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore. Gilmore made her remarks during a panel discussion on access to justice for victims of torture organized by the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture.
13 April 2018
Soumayya’s story: A bold fight against female genital mutilation
Soumayya’s story: A bold fight against female genital mutilation
“This is a practice that is injuring the bodies of women, the bodies of girls,” said Soumayya, who took a courageous stand against female mutilation and was imprisoned and tortured for her resistance to the widespread practice. Her fight continues to this day. Here is her story.
1 December 2017
Victim to victor: the story of Souleymane Guengueng
Victim to victor: the story of Souleymane Guengueng
Souleymane Guengueng is one of the victims of torture who has demanded justice for the atrocities they endured under the dictatorship of Chad’s Hissène Habré.
19 January 2017
The UN Fund stands with victims of torture on 26 June
The UN Fund stands with victims of torture on 26 June
On 26 June, experts say no to torture and yes to the rights and needs of victims.
24 June 2016
A story of resilience: From torture victim to therapist
A story of resilience: From torture victim to therapist
Chilean torture survivor and leading neuropsychiatrist Jorge Barudy works with refugees and victims of torture through his award winning center EXIL.
31 May 2016
Refugee crisis in Europe triggers torture victim’s painful past
Refugee crisis in Europe triggers torture victim’s painful past
Vive Žene, an organization supported by the UN Fund for Victims of Torture, maintains Azra’s sense of family years after the terror of her captivity during the Bosnian war.
9 May 2016
Recovered identity: a reunion mends years of pain in Argentina
Recovered identity: a reunion mends years of pain in Argentina
In Argentina, Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, a civil society organization supported by the UN Fund for Victims of Torture, makes best use of DNA bank to help Guillermo find his true family.
26 April 2016
Experts share challenges of healing children affected by torture
Experts share challenges of healing children affected by torture
A unique workshop organized by the UN Fund for Victims of Torture spotlights resilience in treating children and halting trauma through generations.
15 April 2016
From horror to healing
From horror to healing
A young Syrian girl who was able to deal with the traumatizing physical and psychological effects of torture is one of the many stories featured in a new brochure produced by the UN Fund for Victims of Torture.
1 April 2016
UN Fund for Victims of Torture plays a role in landmark ruling for indigenous women in Guatemala
UN Fund for Victims of Torture plays a role in landmark ruling for indigenous women in Guatemala
The UN Fund for Victims of Torture, along with local civil society actors, provides support to victims whose testimonies helped convict two former military members of crimes against humanity in Guatemala.
16 March 2016
Supporting victims of torture and rebuilding lives
Supporting victims of torture and rebuilding lives
On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commits to leading the United Nations in denouncing torture and defending human rights around the world.
26 June 2015
Fight against torture: “Are we doing enough?”
Fight against torture: “Are we doing enough?”
Ending torture means ending impunity for those who commit it, as well as providing rehabilitation and reparation to victims, practitioners told a large audience of representatives from Member States and the public during a public meeting convened by the UN Fund for Victims of Torture.
24 April 2015
Rebuilding lives torn apart by torture
Rebuilding lives torn apart by torture
Fund recipients will join board members during a meeting of the UN Voluntary Fund for the Victims of Torture. The meeting, which takes place in Geneva in April, gives a chance for Fund recipients to exchange best practices and meeting with the Fund’s Trustees.
13 April 2015
Rebuilding lives after torture – Dieynaba’s story
Rebuilding lives after torture – Dieynaba’s story
Dieynaba Ndoye Dieng helps victims affected by torture from all over West Africa
15 December 2014
Healing torture survivors: A call for action on the International Day in support of victims of torture
Healing torture survivors: A call for action on the International Day in support of victims of torture
Over the past three years, the annual voluntary contributions to the UN Fund for Victims of Torture have decreased dramatically by 30% although needs for assistance are on the rise.
25 June 2013
The power of art therapy for torture survivors
The power of art therapy for torture survivors
Torture “leaves scars on people, communities and entire societies that can be very difficult to heal,” says UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay.
24 June 2011
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.
25 May 2011