What ARCT is engaged with

Rehabilitation

 Prevention

 Research

  • Basic rights violations in vulnerable groups in male prison settings
  • Country studies reveal continued concerns for the human rights of women in detention

Advocacy

  • Combating Hate crime in Albania
  • ARCT sings MoU with Albanian State Police
  • ARCT partners with Assist Impact to fight Corruption in detention

About ARCT 20-years history

The Albanian Rehabilitation Centre for Trauma and Torture (ARCT) is operating in Albania since 1995, designing and implementing programs aiming to contribute in building a democratic society without use of torture in a country where strong political persecution has been seen for a long, almost 50 years period of the 20th century.

Lessons from the past is worth learning, especially if they call for a special attention towards respect for human rights and human dignity- this has been, and still is, one of the basic assumptions of ARCT engagement in offering Rehabilitation of torture victims services (combined with scrupulous documentation of violation practices and human suffering) as well as Prevention of Torture programs (reporting periodically to International agencies/organizations on the situation of torture in the country, training for police and health staff in prison, pre-detention places, psychiatric hospitals, educational system), providing assistance and a window of opportunities for this target group. These initiatives are made possible through support of donors such as the UNVFVT, DIGNITY, Open Society Institute (currently, ongoing).

As a representative of the Albanian civil society, ARCT is operating in a field where international support is yet vital for the continuity of work, as state institutions are often indifferent or even against (openly or hidden ) human rights organizations. Through such international support ARCT has been able to influence directly in a number of areas:

offering services to a large number of torture victims in the country (more than 3000 individuals) contributing to a better life (although yet very difficult) of a defined social group“ former political persecuted influencing on national legal frame, besides other, in regard to:

Service and treatment of inmates in prisons and pre-detention facilities

Service and treatment of individuals in psychiatric hospitals and forensic psychiatry facilities

Social Integration of former political persecuted

ARCT represents a concrete opportunity for studies/ research/ surveys, lobbying and advocacy initiatives, training and public events through its staff: there is a team of 2 lawyers (MAs in European and international studies); 2 medical doctors, 3 psychologists (PHD in mental health); 2 social workers; 2 financial managers and other part-time experts, academics, diplomats and journalists.

 

 

UN CAT on 26 June

Dear Human Rights Activists and Supporters,

On the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the UN Committee against Torture, the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture, the Special Rapporteur on Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence and the Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture have issued a joint press release to urge governments to support victims of torture and their families and to place a renewed focus on a victim-oriented approach.

Read the joint statement here: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/media.aspx?IsMediaPage=true

The Albanian Rehabilitation Centre for trauma and Torture is also using this opportunity to share with you the link to its Alternative Report to the UN Human Rights Committee 108th session on the Second Report of Albania to ICCPR.

Read the report here:  http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrc/hrcs108.htm.

 ARCT Secretariat

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