We first asked our Facebook followers: What would you think about a new World Without Torture blog? What would you like to know more about in regards to our work?
One of the comments, from a New Zealand supporter, asked to read more about ongoing cases around the globe, where she could support the victims of torture.
The IRCT initiatives through social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, are part of our strategy to keep torture on the agenda, to inform the public of the cases of torture, and create easily accessible information on our core missions – providing access to justice, access to rehabilitation, and preventing torture in the first place.
Also, we have used these tools to incorporate a global audience in the movement. And to continue the growth of the global movement of torture fighters, we have started a World Without Torture blog, a new social media initiative to continue the conversation on cases of torture, issues, news updates, and in-depth analysis from our team of experts at the IRCT and through our 140 member centres in more than 70 countries.
That is because it is through our member centres on the ground that the work of rehabilitating the survivors of torture happens. From the Balay Rehabilitation Centre in the Philippines, we can learn about how human rights defenders monitor detention centres to report on acts of torture. Or, how our Geneva offices assisted African Centre for Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture Victims, our Uganda member centre, to lobby the United Nations for torture violations and issues to be included in the country’s Universal Periodic Review, a human rights mechanism.
World Without Torture provides a space for our supporters to read about this work on the ground, and to engage, ask questions, and share it with their friends. Social media is all about a conversation – and we hope you join ours.