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Torture in South Africa: The Act and the Facts

"Torture is a specific crime, which can only be committed by a closed group of people, namely public officials in their official capacity or by anyone else with consent of a public official acting in their official capacity. A public official who ...

Rehabilitation: A Priority Need for Torture Victims

"An act of torture causes severe pain or suffering either physically or mentally on the victim. The aim of any torturer is to break the victim and this also leads to the destruction of the identity of the victim and the breaking of their personali...

Gender and Torture Does it Matter? An Exploration of the Ways in which Gender Influences the Impact of Torture and Rehabilitation Services

This report provides the beginnings of an exploration of the way in which gender may be relevant in how torture is experienced, its impact, and its rehabilitation. It highlights some important aspects of gender as it relates to torture and assists...

Developing an African Torture Rehabilitation Model: A Contextually-informed, Evidence-based Psychosocial Model for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture: Part 2 - Detailing an African Torture Rehabilitation Model through Engagement....

Torture remains a reality in many countries around the world. As one of the largest recipients of refugees in the world, South Africa has become home to many victims of this extreme form of human rights violation. Sadly torture continues to be per...

Developing an African Torture Rehabilitation Model: A Contextually-informed, Evidence-based Psychosocial Model for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture: Part 1 - Setting the Foundations of an African Torture Rehabilitation Model through Research

Torture remains a reality in many countries around the world. As one of the largest recipients of refugees in the world, South Africa has become home to many victims of this extreme form of human rights violation. The impacts of torture are divers...

When there is a Gap in Law: Bridging Gaps Through Implementation of the Prevention and Combating of Torture of Persons Act 13 of 2013

After 16 years of delays, South Africa finally enacted the Prevention and Combating of Torture of Persons Act (“the Act”) in July 2013. The Act domesticates the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatm...

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