Contribute to the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture

Torture destroys lives.  Helps victims rebuild theirs

What is torture?

Torture involves the intentional infliction of severe mental or physical suffering by a public official – who may be either directly or indirectly involved – on a defenceless person, often during interrogation or in detention (article 1 of the UN Convention against Torture). It is a severe violation of human rights, which is prohibited, under all circumstances, by international law.

Making a difference

The UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, managed by the UN Human Rights Office, supports NGOs, rehabilitation centres, victims' associations, hospitals and legal clinics that provide direct humanitarian, medical, psychological, legal, social and financial assistance to help victims recover and secure redress and rehabilitation for the harm that has been done.
Since its establishment by the United Nations General Assembly in 1981, the Fund has awarded grants to more than 600 organizations assisting over 50,000 victims worldwide every year. In 2014 over USD 7 million were awarded to assist victims in 80 countries.

How you can help

Victims of torture need your support. Please consider donating today!

Your donation will provide essential and life-saving direct assistance to victims through the Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture.

For more information on the Office's work on torture see:

Committee against Torture
Optional Protocol and the Sub-Committee on Prevention
Special Rapporteur on Torture
Torture in Syria: Open Wounds Report
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (held annually on 26 June)

This video provides an example of the Fund's work rehabilitating Syrian victims of torture in Lebanon


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