Gross human rights violations and reparation under international law: approaching rehabilitation as a form of reparation

Sveaass Nora

The strengthening of international criminal law through an increased focus on the right to reparation and rehabilitation for victims of crimes against humanity is an important challenge to health professionals, particularly in the field of trauma research and treatment. A brief outline of developments within international law and justice is presented, with a focus on the right to reparation including the means for rehabilitation. The active presence of trauma-informed health professionals is a priority. The issues raised within the context of statesÂ’ obligations to provide and ensure redress and rehabilitation to those subjected to torture are discussed, and in particular how rehabilitation can be understood and responded to by health professionals.

Key wordshuman rights / impunity / international law / political prisoners / post-traumatic stress disorder / redress / rehabilitation / torture / transitional justice / trauma / treatment

CountriesIraq / Switzerland