Welcome to the IRCT's 10th International Scientific Symposium: Delivering on the promise of the right to rehabilitation

     Scientific Symposium 5-7 December 2016              General Assembly 8-9 December

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Scientific Committee impressed by high quality of abstracts submitted


Members of the Scientific Committee, an international group of experts selected for their leadership in health and human rights, are extremely impressed with the diversity and quality of the abstracts they have reviewed for the Symposium. More than 240 abstracts were submitted, which will form a unique and exciting programme that will take the torture rehabilitation sector to the next stage in its development in Mexico City in December 2016. Continue reading

Additional call for abstracts now closed


The call for additional abstracts for the IRCT Scientific Symposium has now closed. We have received many great abstracts, which will form the basis of a very strong and interesting programme. The IRCT would like to thank all the authors who submitted an abstract, poster or workshop proposal, to both the initial and the additional calls. Continue reading

Q&A with Scientific Committee member Megan Berthold


Megan Berthold is a member of the Scientific Committee, which plays a key role in ensuring the IRCT Scientific Symposium is global, interdisciplinary and of the highest standard. As the additional call for abstracts comes to a close, Megan gives her impressions of the abstracts she has already reviewed, explains why an event like the Symposium is needed and gives an insight into how she got involved in the torture rehabilitation movement. Continue reading

Twelve days left to submit abstracts


There are now just 12 days left until the deadline for the submission of additional abstracts for the IRCT Scientific Symposium. Given the impressive response to the initial call for abstracts for this landmark Symposium, an additional call was opened and will close on 29 February 2016. All rehabilitation centres, survivors, researchers and academics can submit an abstract, poster or workshop proposal and contribute to making the Symposium as diverse, relevant and cross-disciplinary as possible. Continue reading


About the Symposium

The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) and Mexican rehabilitation centre Colectivo Contra la Tortura (CCTI) are hosting a global interdisciplinary scientific symposium from 5 to 7 December, 2016 in Mexico City. The IRCT International Scientific Symposium, which is the 10th of its kind, is a unique opportunity for the global torture rehabilitation sector to come together to exchange experiences and research on developments in the rehabilitation of survivors of torture.

It is the first global event to look in detail across disciplines at how to deliver on the promise of the right to rehabilitation as set out in the Convention against Torture and elaborated in General Comment 3 of the United Nations Committee against Torture.

The Symposium is being held prior to the IRCT General Assembly (8-9 December) at which time the global movement of over 140 IRCT member centres from over 70 countries will gather.

The Symposium is an excellent opportunity to learn from those within the movement and from the broader research community and service providers working with survivors of torture.


To explore the draft symposium programme, click here.


The Symposium is supported by a prominent, diverse and interdisciplinary Scientific Committee, a full list of the Committee members is available here.