with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment

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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.

Observations Report (Mendez 2013)

Observations Report (Mendez 2012)

Observations Report (Mendez 2011)

Observations Report (Nowak 2010)

Observations Report (Nowak 2009)

Observations Report (Nowak 2008)

Observations Report (Nowak 2007)

Observations Report (Nowak 2006)

Observations Report (Van Boven 2005)