Tag Archives: Reparations

Freedom from Torture’s Groundbreaking Report: The Poverty Barrier

July 2013 – Freedom from Torture releases groundbreaking report, the Poverty Barrier, based on comprehensive studies of the experiences of torture survivors during and after seeking asylum in the UK. The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture’s foreword in the report outlined the international legal obligations of States to ensure effective rehabilitation services to all survivors and the concept of “as full rehabilitation as possible” which calls upon States to ensure that victims are fully involved in the process to help them rebuild their lives and reintegrate into society. According to the report, asylum seekers and refugees who already are victims of torture are further victimized when pushed into poverty in the UK and thus are unable to meet essential living needs, suffer from exacerbated poor mental health, and are unable to engage effectively in therapy. Read the full report here.

UN Experts Urge Governments to do more to Help Torture Victims and Their Families

June 2013 – To commemorate UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, UN Experts jointly urge governments to do more to ensure that torture victims and their families can obtain redress and rehabilitation for the pain and suffering they have endured. UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Méndez calls on governments to utilize a victim-centered approach when assessing a victim’s needs and treatment, ensuring that victims are fully involved in the process and are treated on an individual basis. Click here to read article.