Thank you for your participation to the IRCT 10th International Scientific Symposium: Delivering on the promise of the right to rehabilitation

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

ALL MATERIAL AVAILABLE HERE: IRCT launches online proceedings for General Assembly and Scientific Symposium

The IRCT is pleased to announce the launch of the Online Proceedings for its General Assembly and 10th International Scientific Symposium - Delivering on the Promise of the Right to Rehabilitation.  

The IRCT General Assembly and 10th International Scientific Symposium was held in Mexico City in December 2016 and was co-hosted by the Mexican IRCT member centre Colectivo Contra la Tortura y la Impunidad. More than 370 participants attended this multidisciplinary three-day event consisting of plenary sessions and six parallel tracks with presentations covering more than 100 topics connected to delivering on the promise of the right to rehabilitation.

The Online Proceedings are available here and contain all of the Scientific Symposium's shareable video recordings, scientific presentations and posters - providing participants as well as the general public access to the full wealth of research and knowledge shared in Mexico City.


IRCT adopts Mexico Consensus at end of 5th General Assembly and 10th Scientific Symposium: Firm call for states to fulfil victims' right to rehabilitation


The IRCT concluded its 10th Scientific Symposium and 5th General Assembly on 9 December 2016 with a Resolution, titled the Mexico Consensus. In this consensus all members of the organisation demand that all countries comply with their obligations to prevent and prosecute torture, provide reparations to the victims, and increase the funding available to fulfil victims' right to rehabilitation. Continue reading

10th IRCT Symposium now underway in Mexico


The 10th IRCT Scientific Symposium is now underway, following a moving and inspiring opening ceremony on 4 December in Mexico City. A number of speakers addressed the crowd, while musical performances and a video, which recognised the pioneers of the rehabilitation from around the world added to the special occasion. Continue reading

Final programme and book of abstracts now online 


The final programme and book of abstracts for the IRCT 10th Scientific Symposium are now available online. The programme is available in both English and Spanish and provides a breakdown of the packed line-up of plenaries, concurrent sessions and workshops, as well as the exciting line-up of presenters that will share their insights with the more than 350 participants that will be present in Mexico. Continue reading

Keynote speaker Carlos Beristain to focus on survivor participation 


The IRCT 10th Scientific Symposium, which is set to open on 4 December, will feature a number of high profile speakers from around the world. Professor Carlos Beristain, is one of these speakers, and he will be joined by human rights activists the Women of Atenco in a plenary on "Fostering Resilience - Survivor Participation in Research and Treatment Planning." Continue reading

Who are the partners making the Symposium happen?


After more than a year of planning, reviewing submissions and setting the programme, the IRCT Scientific Symposium is now less than one month away. The global IRCT movement, broader research community and torture rehabilitation service providers will gather in Mexico City in early December for the first time in a decade. This unique event would not be possible without the support of partners who make the fight against torture a priority of their foreign policy, among them Denmark, Switzerland and Germany. Continue reading

Symposium secures CME accreditation


The IRCT is delighted to announce that its application to the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME)® for CME accreditation of the IRCT Scientific Symposium has been successful. The Symposium is designated by the EACME for a maximum of 17 hours of European external CME credits. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. Continue reading

Symposium programme released


The programme for the tenth IRCT International Scientific Symposium is now available and features more than 100 abstracts from authors from around the world. Prof. Derrick Silove, Mexican torture survivors and human rights activists the Women of Atenco and Prof. Carlos Martin Beristain will give keynote addresses to up to 450 participants from across professions and countries. Continue reading

Women of Atenco to speak on survivor participation in research and treatment


"When I got out of jail, I stayed in my house for a year," says Claudia. "I cried, and I suffered so much. I had had plans for the future with my partner, but when I got out of jail, he left me. I felt like the whole world had turned its back on me because I was a rape victim. During that time, I began to drink a lot, and I started to go to a lot of bars. I did many things I didn't normally do. And then I realised that the government had tied me up for a moment. They laid the first stone of my destruction. But even with all of this, I said to myself, ‘I am still Claudia! I am still Claudia! I was raped, but this does not take away my dignity.'" These are the words of Claudia. She is one of the 45 women arrested by police in Mexico one morning in May 2006 at a market square where they sold flowers. Continue reading

Application made for CME accreditation for the Symposium


An application has been made to the EACCME® for CME accreditation of the IRCT Scientific Symposium. Please note that the EACCME have mutual recognition agreements with the American Medical Association and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. For more information on the EACME, click here. For any questions please contact

A unique opportunity to have direct access to global research


The IRCT Scientific Symposium will bring together the global rehabilitation movement for the first time in 10 years, and it is clear that members are keen to share their knowledge and learn from other members, as well as from other experts within and external to the sector. Carlos Jibaja, Director of Mental Health at IRCT member centre Center of Psychosocial Attention (CAPS) Peru and member of the Scientific Committee for the Symposium says the event is, "a unique opportunity to have direct access to so much global research that studies long-standing experiences of care and rehabilitation with torture survivors." Continue reading

Four days left to save 100 euro on early bird registration


There are only four days left to get early bird registration for the IRCT Scientific Symposium and save 100 Euro on the fee. Early bird registration will close on 31 July, after which the regular fee for international participants will be 480 euro, while local participants based in Mexico will pay 320 euro. Continue reading

Symposium programme taking shape as early bird deadline approaches


With just over two weeks until early bird registration closes on 31 July, the Scientific Symposium programme is taking shape. Over 100 abstracts from authors from around the world have been accepted to feature on the final programme with several themes emerging, including responding to the specific needs of torture survivors across all identities, such as the elderly, asylum seekers, resettled refugees and internally displaced persons. Continue reading

Opportunity to apply for travel grants for the Symposium


AuthorAid, a free international research community has released travel grants which some participants may be entitled to apply to cover their travel costs for the IRCT Scientific Symposium. The deadline for applications is 17 July 2016 and there are six travel grants worth $1500 each available for researchers who have an accepted abstract or proposal to present at a conference. Continue reading

Early bird registration for the Symposium extended to 31 July


The IRCT has extended the deadline for the early bird registration for the Scientific Symposium, giving participants the opportunity to save 100 Euro on the registration fee throughout the month of July. The new deadline is 31 July and participants are encouraged to register before then to take advantage of the rate. Continue reading

With just six months to go to the Symposium - learn more about co-host CCTI


With just under six months to go until the IRCT Scientific Symposium kicks off on 5 December 2016, it's time to learn a little more about Mexican co-host, Colectivo Contra la Tortura y la Impunidad (CCTI). CCTI is a member of the IRCT and it will join the organisation in welcoming more than 450 Symposium participants to its city, including the IRCT General Assembly delegates. Continue reading

Early bird registration now open


Registration is now open for the IRCT'S tenth Scientific Symposium. Whether you are working directly with torture survivors, carrying out research or planning policy, the Symposium is a unique opportunity for you to share your knowledge, learn and be inspired by colleagues around the world. Continue reading

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.