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Community-based prevention


DIGNITY is working to establish partnerships between the communities and social movements that exist in major urban areas.

They are often organized locally and often around essential services (electricity, water, waste, sewers) or resources (cooperatives, etc.). DIGNITY is trying to strengthen the inner bands in these communities and the ties that bind communities and movements to other urban stakeholders like police, politicians, industry, trade unions, NGOs.


The work is based on the research conclusion that communities and social movements having many partners and participants (high social capital both horizontally and vertically) are less likely to be exposed to violence and therefore better able to counteract the marginalization that makes many villagers to victims of torture and organized violence.

TORTURE IS A DRAG ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY

Torture has been called ‘the mother of all human rights violations’. As long as a country practices or tolerates torture, people will be reluctant to speak, assemble and participate in the political life. Stopping torture is the first step towards improving human rights in general.

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