Comprehensive Attention to Victims of Torture in Cases under Litigation

2009Inter-American Institute of Human Rights

How do we deal with the issue of victims of torture so that litigation is a healing process per se? How do we provide comprehensive support in their search for justice and truth? Answering these questions is an objective of this book, which presents a review of the question of torture and its consequences with respect to litigation before the inter-American system for the protection of human rights. Our intention, on the one hand, is to emphasize the psychological and social dimensions of acts of torture and, on the other, to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue that would promote a broad perspective that captures the different aspects of this painful and complex reality.

Key wordsimpunity / internally displaced persons / international law / mental health / organised violence / political prisoners / post-traumatic stress disorder / psychiatric illness / psychosocial intervention / reconciliation / reconstruction / torture / trauma

CategoryManuals and guidelines