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The Documentation of Torture and Ill-Treatment

A Comparative Analysis of the Documentation of Torture and Ill-Treatment I n Low-Income Countries

Toby Kelly (ESRC/DfID)

In many Low Income Countries, the poor are the most vulnerable to torture and ill-treatment. They are also the least able to access forms of accountability. As such, the documentation of torture and ill-treatment can play a key role in improving access to justice and human security. However, recent research demonstrates that routine torture and ill-treatment is difficult to document. In addition, the instruments used for the documentation of torture and ill-treatment assume a level of institutional capacity that is often not available. This project is therefore a comparative analysis of the challenges faced by those attempting to document torture and ill-treatment in Low-Income Countries, focusing on Nepal, Bangladesh and Kenya. It is being carried out in conjunction with practitioners and academics in five different countries.

Freshers 2013