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

   Invitation to Group of Friends Launch - 19 March, 12 - 1 pm (PN Room XXIV)

April 2019: Public Panel and Expert Workshop on sexual and gender-based torture

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: E | F | S (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. 

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.

Videos: Stories from the Fund

Listen to the voices of hope of victims assisted by Fund
Torture and children:
Credit "True Heroes"
Rebuilding lives after torture - Ahmed

More videos...

Feature stories

‘Ghost of corruption’ leads to torture and ill-treatment, UN expert says
‘Ghost of corruption’ leads to torture and ill-treatment, UN expert says
The tolerance of abuse of power and corruption in places of detention creates ‘spaces that are not controlled’ according to a new report by Special Rapporteur Nils Melzer.
13 March 2019