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Training for psychologists and lawyers on Investigation and documentation of psychological evidence of torture (Follow up seminar)

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Training related to investigation and documentation of psychological evidence of torture was conducted in Aeroklub, Belgrade on 3 rd and 4 th March 2009. It was organized by IAN - International Aid Network in collaboration with the Belgrade Center for Human Rights and with support of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT). The training was a follow-up to ToU training in Istanbul Protocol, held in October 2007. It was conducted as a part of the IPIP2 project Prevention through Documentation 2006-2008 .

There were 19 participants, including psychological and legal professionals. Participants were selected from different governmental organizations and NGOs from Serbia . Among participants, there were psychologists from penitentiary institutions and NGOs, psychiatrists from psychiatric institutions, representatives of courts (judges and prosecutors), legal experts from private practice and activists of NGOs dealing with torture and human rights issues. Some of the participants had been involved in the previous training held in 2007, while some of them didn't have any contact with the Istanbul Protocol before.

Since IAN strives to be a "regional driver" in dissemination of knowledge and implementation of Istanbul Protocol, besides the participants from Serbia, two persons from IAN partner organizations from Bosnia and Herzegovina (one from Trebinje/Herzegovina and one from Milici/Eastern Bosnia) participated in the training.

Training was conducted by four national trainers experienced in torture issues and Istanbul Protocol:

  • Marina Mijatovic, lawyer, Belgrade Center for Human Rights
  • Stanislava Vukovic, psychologist, IAN CRTV
  • Mina Mitic Lazarevic, psychologist, IAN CRTV
  • Sandrina Speh Vujadinovic, psychologist, program coordinator, IAN CRTV

Relevant topics were covered related to importance of psychological evaluation and proper investigating and documenting of psychological evidence of torture as those which could be crucial in proving torture, preventing impunity and supporting victims' rehabilitation and redress.

It was the opportunity for strengthening communication with the participants of the previous Istanbul Protocol training as well as for establishment of collaboration with the new participants.

The training was a part of the IPIP2 project financed by EC.



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