Together with our partners around the world, we work for social and political change to ensure that all torture survivors have access to help.
How we work internationally
Our international programmes focus on creating access to sustainable rehabilitation of trauma victims. We help the organisations we work with internationally to improve their ability to prevent torture and violence and to help victims.
Together with our partners we promote:
- International legislation prohibiting and preventing torture.
- Documentation of torture for the purposes of advocacy, prosecution, and redress.
- Reforms of judicial and prison authorities that provide the necessary protection and humane conditions for persons deprived of their liberty in prisons, jails and psychiatric wards.
- Reforms of police and security authorities to ensure that they exercise their mandate in accordance with human rights standards.
- Prevention of various forms of violence that often lead to and are used to legitimise torture, including gender-based violence and violent extremism.
Together with our partners we promote:
- International law recognising the right to rehabilitation.
- The aim that relevant hospitals and doctors must have the will and capacity to provide professionally qualified treatment for all traumatised victims.
- Knowledge that reduces the stigma of trauma.
- Targeted inclusion efforts for traumatised victims and their families in communities.
- Development of a strong and vibrant civil society capable of persuading and supporting relevant authorities in promoting universal rehabilitation of torture survivors.
This is where we work
We are currently working in following countries:
If you have any questions about our program, contact our international program manager Morten Olesen.
See our International projects
We work with partners in Tunisia, Jordan, Morocco, Egypt, Yemen, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Israel, and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and have our own country offices in Tunisia and Jordan. In countries such as Tunisia, Jordan and Morocco, we work to ensure the legal rights of torture survivors. An important Tunisian partner is the anti-torture organization Nebras. In Jordan, an important partner is the human rights law firm Mizan. In Libya we work with Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL) to document torture and degrading treatment. Across the region, we contribute to mid-career training of physiotherapists and psychologists. In several of the countries in the region, we and our partners are in dialogue with the authorities on how to comply with international human rights standards.
Through partner organisations, we have activities in Kenya, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda, Ghana and Liberia. We work with local partners to ensure rapid identification and treatment of traumatised survivors from torture and violence. In Nakuru County in Kenya, we work through our partner Midrift Hurinet to build trust between citizens and authorities and promote local leadership. In Sierra Leone, we assist our partner organisation Prison Watch in overseeing prison conditions.
We work in the Philippines, Indonesia and Myanmar. In the Philippines, we are working to build a competent National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) to monitor conditions in prisons according to the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT). Together with our partner Balay, we work to ensure access to mental support for trauma victims in Philippine prisons. In Indonesia we work with partners to promote inclusion and well-being of marginalised children. In Myanmar we collaborate with partners in pursuit of justice and accountability for at-risk populations.
We work in Guatemala and Honduras through our partner CIPREVICA to build trust between citizens and authorities and promote local leadership.
We have activities in Kosovo, Belarus and Ukraine. In Kosovo, we are part of a research project on transgenerational trauma in wartime rape victims and their children. Since 2021, DIGNITY has led the IAPB, which collects evidence of torture in Belarus for the purpose of prosecution of torturers. In Ukraine, through our partners SICH and Forpost, we work with the authorities to identify torture survivors, document torture, and offer specialised treatment.