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


Rehabilitation and Redress: The United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture was established by the General Assembly in 1981(resolution 36/151 - PDF) with a mandate to support torture survivors and their families. The Fund awards hundreds of grants to civil society organizations worldwide to deliver medical, psychological, legal, social and other assistance. The voluntary contributions that the Fund receives, mostly from member States, thus contribute to the rehabilitation, reparation, empowerment and access to remedies of nearly 50,000 torture survivors each year. Mission statement: English | Français | Español (PDF)

Leave No One Behind: Civil society organizations, ranging from survivor-led initiatives to rehabilitation centres, deliver services to torture survivors in situations of particular vulnerably, including children, youth, persons deprived of liberty, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, migrants including asylum seekers, refugees, internally displaced persons and LGBTI persons, amongst others. (FQA on the Fund)

Knowledge-sharing platform: The Fund also serves as a knowledge-sharing platform for torture survivors, human rights defenders, medical doctors, psychologists, lawyers, social workers and other practitioners assisting them.

Governance: 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.

Feature stories

Grantees of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture assist communities during COVID-19

Sexual violence victims in Ituri’s conflict find a place for healing and justice
Sexual violence victims in Ituri’s conflict find a place for healing and justice
Solidarité feminine pour la paix et le développement intégral (SOFEPADI), an NGO founded by women in the north east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, helps women, children and men victims of conflict related sexual violence heal their physical and psychological wounds, and fights impunity for crimes in Ituri.
30 July 2020

The UN Anti-Torture mechanisms participated in a public webinar on "The impact of Covid-19 on torture and ill-treatment

Other Statements
The Convention against Torture Initiative welcomes the important work of the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture.

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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

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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 العربية | 中文 | English | Français | русский | Español

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