INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMES

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 around the world, we work for social and political change to ensure that all torture survivors have access to help.

PREVENTION

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.

THERAPY

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

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

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. 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.

AFRICA

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.

ASIA

We work in the Philippines 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 Myanmar, we cooperate with our partners AAPP and Justice For All in order to achieve better conditions in prisons and access to legal aid for detainees.

LATIN AMERICA

We work in Guatemala and Honduras through our partner CIPREVICA to build trust between citizens and authorities and promote local leadership.

EASTERN EUROPE

We have activities in Belarus and Ukraine. 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.

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMES

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME MANAGER

Morten Olesen

REGIONS

AFRICA AND LATIN AMERICA

SENIOR REGIONAL MANAGER

Jeanette Rung Kørner Kolding

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

SENIOR REGIONAL MANAGER

Giorgio Carraciolo di Brienza

ASIA AND
EASTERN EUROPE

SENIOR REGIONAL MANAGER

Nina Nordberg