International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)

General Information
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. Each year our members treat more than 100,000 torture survivors and their families and our work is governed by the member organisations.

Our vision is a world without torture.

Our mission is to:

  • Ensure that torture victims are able to access appropriate health-based torture rehabilitation services
  • Ensure that torture victims are able to have full access to justice
  • Contribute towards the prevention of torture worldwide

Focus Areas
Health and Human Rights – rehabilitation of torture survivors and the prevention of torture.

Main Activities

  • Capacity support to members and partners worldwide
  • Advocacy on the international, regional and national level
  • Global knowledge sharing on rehabilitation and prevention of torture

Contact Information
Adress: Borgergade 13, P.O. Box 9049 DK-1022, Copenhagen, Denmark
Telephone: +45 33 76 06 00
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Latest News

  • Unfulfilled healthcare needs of migrant women care workers

    careOn November 21, a high-level panel at a meeting convened in Geneva will discuss a new WHO report entitled "Women on the Move: Migration, care work and health". Available data shows that a substantial and growing proportion of care work is being undertaken by migrants, the majority of whom are women. In Italy for instance, nearly 90% of home-based caregivers are foreign born. In this report, the World Health Organization (WHO) calls attention "to a global situation in which migrant women care workers buttress health systems in countries where there are shortfalls in healthcare provision, while their own right to health is eroded and their health care needs go unfulfilled." 

  • Why is adolescents’ health a human rights issue?

    ifhhroAdolescents face a myriad of threats to their right to health including violence, sexual assault, exploitation, trafficking, and harmful traditional practices. At the same time, they face multiple barriers to health services, including restrictive laws, unavailability of contraception or safe abortions; failure to ensure privacy and confidentiality; judgemental service provision, and discrimination. Our volunteer Tara Ornstein wrote an article about adolescents’ right to health for our website, explaining what the issues are and what health professionals can do to safeguard adolescents’ health and rights.