International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims

Organization's name: International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims
Organization's acronym: IRCT
Headquarters address  
Address: Borgergade 13
P.O. Box 9049
1022 Copenhagen K
Phone: +45-33-76-0600
Fax: +45-33-76-0500
Web site:,,
Organization type: Non-governmental organization
  • English


Areas of expertise & Fields of activity:
Economic and Social:
  • Children
  • Criminal Justice
  • Family
  • Human Rights
  • Humanitarian Affairs
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Information
  • International Law
  • Least Developed Countries
  • Media
  • Minority Rights
  • Peace and Security
  • Refugees
  • Sustainable Development
  • Technical Cooperation
  • Torture
  • United Nations Reform

Gender Issues and Advancement of Women:
  • Advocacy and outreach
  • Capacity building
  • Human rights of women
  • Women and health

Sustainable Development:
  • Poverty
Geographic scope: International
Millennium Development Goals:
  • Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  • Promote gender equality and empower women
  • Develop global partnership for development
Mission statement:
Year established (YYYY): 1985
Year of registration (YYYY): 1996
Organizational structure: The IRCT is a health-based umbrella organisation that supports the rehabilitation of torture victims and the prevention of torture worldwide. Our members comprise more than 140 independent organisations in over 70 countries. Today, the IRCT is the largest membership-based civil society organisation to work in the field of torture rehabilitation and prevention. Our work is governed by the member organisations. Our organisational structure reinforces the mutually supportive relationship that exists between our members and our Secretariat, which is based in Copenhagen/Denmark with satelite offices in Geneva and Brussels. Members elect the IRCT’s governing board (the Council), which is responsible for formulating and monitoring the implementation of major IRCT policy. The Council is accountable to the membership through our democratic election process. The Council elects our eight-member Executive Committee - including the President and Vice-President - which acts between annual Council meetings. In this way, our membership plays a full role in the development of IRCT policy and in holding our Secretariat to account.
Number and type of members: More than 140 rehabilitation centres around the world world are members of the IRCT. Members range from large organisations that provide holistic rehabilitation services to several thousands of torture victims and advocate for justice and prevention, to very small organisations that struggle to survive in some of the world’s most challenging social, economic and political climates. Our diverse membership share three common characteristics; each is a legally independent organisation that is rooted in civil society; each provides services to at least 50 torture victims annually; and each is committed to sharing their experiences throughout the IRCT and beyond. Members are at the heart of the IRCT and are responsible for the provision of treatment and rehabilitation services to over 100,000 torture victims annually. A high proportion of our Secretariat’s operational work is planned, implemented and reviewed in collaboration with our members, thereby ensuring that interventions are appropriate to existing local structures and responsive to the needs of torture victims. For example, in recognition of the knowledge, expertise and other resources within our membership, selected members participate as implementing partners in our Secretariat-managed projects. Our members provide unique access to field-level experiences in a multitude of environments; our Secretariat supports the dissemination of this information across the membership and beyond in pursuit of mutual learning and good practice dissemination and adaptation. Our members also observe the on-the-ground effects of policy; our Secretariat collates and shares this information with policy-making bodies in pursuit of policy change in favour of torture victims and rehabilitation centres. The membership spans each of the following regions (number of centres as per 22 September 2011): Asia - 17 members Europe - 51 members Latin America - 13 members Middle East and North Africa - 12 members North America - 18 members Pacific - 10 members Sub-Saharan Africa - 20 members TOTAL - 141 members
Affiliation with NGO networks: ECCRE, HRDN, IFHHRO,
Funding structure:
  • Donations and grants from domestic sources
  • Foreign and international grants

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