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Torture, freedom from: specialist NGOs

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Title: Amnesty International
Description/subject: Search for Torture etc.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Amnesty International
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT)
Description/subject: "The APT envisions a world in which no one is subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, as proclaimed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The APT seeks to achieve this vision through a preventive and cooperative approach. The APT works globally, regionally and nationally with a wide range of partners including State authorities, national institutions and civil society. The APT is convinced that the prevention of torture and ill-treatment is best achieved through three integrated elements: Promoting effective monitoring and transparency in places of deprivation of liberty Contributing to effective international and national legal and policy frameworks for the prevention of torture Ensuring that international and national actors have the necessary determination and capacity to prevent torture. In its work and functioning, the APT endeavours to apply the principles of a human rights based approach, in particular the universality and indivisibility of all human rights, empowerment, accountability, participation, non-discrimination, gender sensitivity and protection of vulnerable groups. See Guiding Principles for the application of APT’s Human Rights Based Approach Policy..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: DIGNITY - Danish Institute Against Torture
Description/subject: "DIGNITY - Danish Institute Against Torture is a self-governing institution independent of party politics. In Denmark, DIGNITY treats refugees who have survived torture and it undertakes research in torture and torture sequelae. By doing so, DIGNITY has gained specialised knowledge and experience on the basis of which the interventions of DIGNITY's partners in the South are developed and targeted. DIGNITY exposes and documents torture on a health professional basis. The clinical diagnoses and treatment methods are based on systematic examination of the torture survivors and research into torture and organised violence. The experiences are used in DIGNITY's education and advocacy in order to contribute to the global effort to abolish torture..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims (RTC)
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.dignityinstitute.org/topics/geography/burma.aspx
http://www.rct.org/
Date of entry/update: 20 July 2012


Title: Human Rights Watch
Description/subject: "Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, we give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. Our rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.... Mission Statement: Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. We stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice. We investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable. We challenge governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law. We enlist the public and the international community to support the cause of human rights for all..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Human Rights Watch
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)
Description/subject: "The IRCT is a health-based umbrella organisation that supports the rehabilitation of torture victims and the prevention of torture worldwide. Our members comprise more than 140 independent organisations in over 70 countries.Our work is governed by these member organisations. Today, we are the largest membership-based civil society organisation to work in the field of torture rehabilitation and prevention."
Language: English
Source/publisher: International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 20 July 2012


Title: World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) - "SOS Torture"
Description/subject: "Created in 1985, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is today the main coalition of international non-governmental organisations (NGO) fighting against torture, summary executions, enforced disappearances and all other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. With 311 affiliated organisations in its SOS-Torture Network and many tens of thousands correspondents in every country, OMCT is the most important network of non-governmental organisations working for the protection and the promotion of human rights in the world. Based in Geneva, OMCT’s International Secretariat provides personalised medical, legal and/or social assistance to hundreds of torture victims and ensures the daily dissemination of urgent appeals across the world, in order to protect individuals and to fight against impunity. Specific programmes allow it to provide support to specific categories of vulnerable people, such as women, children and human rights defenders. In the framework of its activities, OMCT also submits individual communications and alternative reports to the special mechanisms of the United Nations, and actively collaborates in the development of international norms for the protection of human rights. OMCT enjoys a consultative status with the following institutions: ECOSOC (United Nations), the International Labour Organization, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, and the Council of Europe."
Language: English
Source/publisher: World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)
Date of entry/update: 28 December 2011