Who do we help?
In order for us to consider taking a case, the survivor must be somebody who has suffered torture, or a family member of someone who has suffered torture.
For an act to be considered as torture, all of the following elements must be present:
- The act must have caused severe physical or mental pain or suffering;
- It must have been committed for a specific purpose, such as to cause fear, or to intimidate, obtain information or a confession, punishment, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind.
When carried out by or with the consent or acquiescence of state authorities, or those acting in an official capacity (such as private security contractors), torture is subject to specific international rules.
If you fall within this category, or are a family member of someone who does and you want us to look into the case, or if you simply need advice on the possibilities available, contact us, preferably by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If possible, it is always better to use email rather than to telephone or write a letter. We will need the following initial details in your email:
- Your full name, nationality, gender and contact details (i.e. an email address, postal address, telephone number/s)
- A very brief summary of how and when the torture took place, including basic information relating to the perpetrator(s) (i.e. whether it was at the hands of the police, military, intelligence services etc.)
- A very brief indication of what medical and/or other evidence is available to support your case.
- If you are in the UK, your residence status (e.g.. refugee, asylum seeker, UK national, person with indefinite leave to remain, EU citizen, student, etc).
- If you are not in the UK, your residence status in the country where you are at present.
Once we have made an initial assessment of the matter we will get back to you as soon as we can. There is no need to contact us again before this, as we will respond.