Next Steps for the Global Anti-Torture Movement: Istanbul Protocol 2022

In June, world-leading anti-torture experts launched the Istanbul Protocol 2022, the updated United Nations-backed guidelines for effective investigation and documentation of torture to help health professionals, lawyers, and other human rights specialists to contribute to accountability for torture in countries and communities around the world. In September 2022, PHR convened experts to reflect on the impact of the Istanbul Protocol, and discuss state of the global anti-torture movement.

Featured panelists:

  • Juliet Cohen, MD, forensic physician specializing in examination of victims of torture, domestic violence and trafficking for servitude and prostitution.
  • Şebnem Korur Fincanci, MD, president of the Turkish Medical Association, emeritus professor of forensic medicine at Istanbul University, and a member of PHR’s Advisory Council.
  • Vincent Iacopino, MD, PhD, former medical director of PHR and a member of PHR’s Advisory Council.
  • James Lin, JD, Istanbul Protocol programme coordinator at the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims and an adjunct professor of transitional justice and business and human rights at the National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan).
  • Juan Mendez, JD, former UN Special Rapporteur on torture.

Moderated by PHR’s medical advisor Rohini Haar, MD, MPH, a professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley and a research fellow at the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley’s School of Law.

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