What we stand for

Our vision is a world free from torture. While it remains, the human rights of survivors are restored through rehabilitation and protection. States responsible for torture are held to account.

Our charitable purpose (in brief) is to:

  1. help survivors of torture to realise their right to as full rehabilitation as possible
  2. ensure survivors receive effective protection and are not returned to their countries of origin to face the risk of further torture
  3. ensure that States responsible for torture are held to account publicly and the human rights of survivors are guaranteed nationally and internationally

Our purpose is expressed below, more fully, in our Aims and Objectives:

Aim One: Rehabilitation

Survivors of torture in the UK realise their right to as full rehabilitation as possible

Objective 1: Individuals and families in the UK with complex psychological, physical and social needs as a result of torture have access to high quality, accessible and appropriate rehabilitation services provided by Freedom from Torture

Objective 2: The experiences and voices of survivors of torture inform all Freedom from Torture activities and are carried out in collaboration with them

Objective 3: Freedom from Torture supports other providers in the UK to develop high quality, accessible and appropriate rehabilitation services for survivors of torture

Aim Two: Protection

Survivors of torture in the UK receive effective protection and are not returned to their countries of origin to face the risk of further torture

Objective 1: Asylum decision-makers in the UK have timely access to high quality medico-legal reports prepared by Freedom from Torture clinicians according to international standards

Objective 2: Freedom from Torture uses the expertise of torture survivors themselves and evidence drawn from Freedom from Torture's work to improve the treatment, protection and conditions of torture survivors in the UK

Objective 3: Survivor activism combats negativity towards people seeking protection from torture in the UK and promotes the rights and improves public perceptions of survivors of torture

Aim Three: Accountability

States responsible for torture are held to account publicly and the human rights of survivors are guaranteed nationally and internationally

Objective 1: Evidence from Freedom from Torture's work contributes to individual states being held to account for torture

Objective 2: The expertise of torture survivors themselves and evidence from Freedom from Torture's work are used with national and international partners to realise fully the human rights of survivors of torture

These aims are drawn from the legal document that underpins the scope of work which the charity undertakes; namely its Articles of Association, required by law for every UK charity, which are lodged with the Charity Commission (for England and Wales), the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, and Companies House.

These Articles of Association list our charitable objects, which can be summarised as:

  1. To provide for the treatment and relief of physical and/or psychological symptoms following torture either directly incurred, or endured by a member of their family,
  2. To offer financial support to any survivor of torture, or a family member who has endured torture, and
  3. To educate the public about the nature, causes and effects of torture, and to conduct research on this issue and publicise key findings to the public at large

View the charity's charitable objects and the full Articles of Association below:

Charitable Objects

The Objects of the Charity are for the public benefit:
  1. to promote the treatment and relief of physical, mental and emotional illness, disorder or disability suffered by any person as a result of that person, or a member of his or her family, having undergone, in any part of the world, physical or psychological torture or ill treatment including by supporting and compiling medical evidence;
  2. to provide relief for persons who have, or members of their families have, undergone, in any part of the world, physical or psychological torture or ill treatment and who are in conditions of need, sickness, hardship or distress;
  3. to promote human rights (as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent United Nations Conventions and Declarations) throughout the world with the focus on the use of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.  This object will be achieved through casework, advocacy and outreach, by all or any of the following means:
    1. monitoring abuses of human rights;
    2. obtaining redress for the victims of human rights of abuse, including providing legal advice, medico-legal reports, legal representation and other assistance;
    3. relieving need among the victims of human rights abuse;
    4. research into human rights issues;
    5. educating the public about human rights;
    6. educating and training legal, medical and other professionals who provide assistance to people who have undergone physical or physiological torture or ill treatment;
    7. providing technical advice to government and others on human rights matters, especially those pertaining to the use of torture;
    8. contributing to the sound administration of human rights law;
    9. commenting on proposed human rights legislation;
    10. raising awareness of human rights issues;
    11. promoting public support for human rights;
    12. providing respect for human rights amongst individuals and corporations;
    13. international advocacy of human rights; and eliminating infringements of human rights.
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