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Project for Supporting Torture Victims Launched

The Comprehensive Rehabilitation Program for Torture Victims in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina has been officially launched on the 1st of December 2008. The project is implemented by a local Serbian non-governmental organisation International Aid Network in partnership with two organisations in Bosnia and Herzegovina - Health Centre "Sveti Nikola" Milici and General Hospital Trebinje.
Project is supported by the European Union

The project is focused on provision of comprehensive psychotherapeutic, medical, psychosocial and legal assistance to torture victims and members of their families. The services are provided within IAN Centre for Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (CRTV) in Belgrade as well as in two specialised centres that will be established through the project in two partner organisations in Bosnia and Herzegovina . These two new Centres for Rehabilitation of Torture Victims in BIH will be equipped with adequate technical devices, while the professionals working with torture victims will attend a specialised professional training related to psychiatric, medical and legal assistance to the victims of war or police torture.

This three-year project is financially supported by the European Union through the program European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) and the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture (UNVFVT).

Thanks to the project, around 1000 persons, mostly ex detainees - torture survivors from the wars in former Yugoslavia during the nineties and their family members, and current victims of police torture and ill treatment in Serbia and BiH will receive necessary services and assistance in order to overcome the devastating impact that the torture has caused to their physical and mental health.

The first coordination meeting of all partners was held in January in Belgrade where the following steps in project implementation were agreed. Discussions were held in detail on the methods and timeframe for the realisation of activities, and other administrative financial and communications procedures between partners have been agreed established.

In the first year of project implementation IAN will provide services to the beneficiaries in Serbia and BiH and at the same time train the staff in the two future centres in BiH in order to enable them to provide professional services to torture victims and their family members independently.

More about the project.

Contact person Jelena Bakalic



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