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Documentation of human rights violations


In many low-income countries, the urban poor are the ones most vulnerable when it comes to torture and other ill-treatment. They are also the ones with the least access to prosecution of torturers, remedy and reparation. Structural inequalities keep them in a life of poverty and fear.

Documentation of ongoing torture and abuse can play a key role in improving safety, elimination impunity and creating sustainable political change. However, it is technically difficult to document the prevalence of violence with the limited resources available in these areas. There are no medical doctors and lawyers available to gather the documentation. Thus, there is a great need for developing new techniques which do not require medical or legal expertise, but can be used by the NGOs as means to documentation.

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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