HealthRight International's Human Rights Clinic Photo Database: A Reference Tool Documenting the Long-term Physical Sequelae of Torture

This webinar, from 9/23/2009, features Aaron Acharya of HealthRight International.

This webinar is presented as a part of the National Capacity Building (NCB) webinar series. NCB is a project of the Center for Victims of Torture.


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Wednesday, 23 September 2009


Our presenters have recommended these additional resources:

The Manual Examining Asylum Seekers is intended to provide medical professionals with the information necessary to conduct these potentially life-saving evaluations. It includes an overview of political asylum law and procedure in the United States, explains the physician's role in verifying signs and symptoms consistent with torture, and reviews components of appropriate written and oral medical testimony. The manual is designed to be a resource for newcomers to asylum evaluations as well as veterans with questions on specific issues.

The Manual on Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (known as the "Istanbul Protocol") is the first set of international guidelines for documentation of torture and its consequences. It became a United Nations official document in 1999 and is available in a number of languages on the United Nations web site. The Istanbul Protocol provides a set of guidelines for the assessment of persons who allege torture and ill treatment, for investigating cases of alleged torture, and for reporting such findings to the judiciary and any other investigative body.


The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture provides services to torture survivors throughout the United Kingdom.  Dr. Stadtmauer mentioned this site as a source for articles and information on medical services for survivors of torture.


Peel, M. & Iacopino, V. (Eds) (2002). The Medical Documentation of Torture.  London: Cambridge University Press.

From Doody Review Services: “This book provides an excellent comprehensive reference source for clinicians treating victims of torture and provides the information needed to accurately document torture.”


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