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​​​The United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture

Impact story: The indeterminate confinement of asylum-seekers in transit zones is unlawful: the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, an organization supported by the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, wins a landmark case before Court of Justice of the European Union


The UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture is a unique and universal humanitarian tool available to   the UN and OHCHR providing direct assistance to victims of torture and their family members wherever torture occurs – as outlined in its Mission statement:
English | French | Spanish (PDF) and Q&A on the Fund.

The Fund aims at healing the physical and psychological consequences of torture on victims and their families, and thus restoring their dignity and role in the society.  It has also become a knowledge-sharing platform in the field of victims’ rehabilitation and redress.

Since its establishment by the General Assembly in 1981 (resolution 36/151 - PDF), the Fund has awarded more than 620 organizations and rehabilitation centres worldwide reaching out to over 50,000 victims every year.

The Fund is managed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, with the advice of a Board of Trustees composed of independent experts from the five world regions.


To witness how rehabilitation services help torture survivors to heal, see the UN Torture Fund trailer, featuring interviews with our beneficiary organizations, survivors and trustees, available in all United Nations languages. Video in Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish

Videos: Stories from the Fund

Emergency support to Rohingya victims that fled to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

OHC TORTURE ESTELA ENG from United Nations Human Rights on Vimeo.

The Abuelas Search for Truth and Justice –video highlighting the four decades of UN advocacy by the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo of Argentina to find their disappeared grandchildren
Torture and children:
Credit "True Heroes"
Rebuilding lives after torture - Ahmed

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Feature stories

Healing the wounds of torture survivors through
Healing the wounds of torture survivors through 'rights-based mental healthcare'
Dr. Sonali Gupta is a clinical psychologist who has over 10 years’ experience working with torture survivors, most of whom were asylum seekers.
24 April 2019