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

Webinar In commemoration of International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 40th anniversary of the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, 26 June 2021

ABOUT THE FUND

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

“A victim of torture is one too many,” says UN expert
“A victim of torture is one too many,” says UN expert
Since 1981, the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture has helped an average of 50,000 victims of torture every year in countries in every region of the world. A special webinar was organized to mark the 40th anniversary of the Fund and the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, by the four UN mandates working against torture, in partnership with UN Human Rights and the American University, Washington College of Law, Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law.
13 July 2021

The UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture awarded COVID-19 emergency grants.

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

More about Hungarian Helsinki Committee: https://www.standup4humanrights.org/en/2020/highlights_11.html


HEALING THROUGH REHABILITATION – TRAILER AVAILABLE IN SIX UN LANGUAGES

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"
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Iraq:
Rebuilding lives after torture - Ahmed