Applying a cross-cutting perspective to prevent, prohibit and redress torture globally: Event report (2016)

This report aims to capture the discussions and outline the recommendations from the 2016 EU-NGO Human Rights Forum entitled ‘United against all forms of torture: Applying a cross-cutting perspective to prevent, prohibit and redress torture globally’, co-organised by the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the Brussels-based Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN), which gathers over 50 NGOs operating at the EU level in the broader areas of human rights, democracy and peace.

The report summarises the diverse discussions held during the Forum and includes concrete recommendations for follow up action for the European Union (EU) and civil society in 2017 and beyond. In presenting the exchanges at the Forum, all views expressed with regard to the situation within individual countries are recounted as presented by the participants and do not reflect the views of individual HRDN members nor the network as a whole.

A core group of the HRDN organisations worked on the preparation of the Forum, led by the HRDN co-chairs, together with Amnesty International (AI), the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) and the International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (FIACAT). The report was drafted by Elena Zacharenko in collaboration with the HRDN working group.