Friday, 23 September 2011

FWC hosts Torture Rehabilitation Centers for a Symposium in Nicosia with officials in order to promote European collaboration

"Treatment to vulnerable persons, survivors of torture and other severe violence, needs common EU approach," says Unit for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture (URVT)

URVT hosts the Ministry of Interior Asylum Service, UNHCR and Ombudswoman’s Office as well as its European partners from Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Romania and France from 09:30 – 13:00 on Wednesday 28 September 2011 at the Classic Hotel for a symposium to discuss ways European Centres for the Rehabilitation of Torture Victims can align their methods of operation to better serve vulnerable groups.

The symposium is part of a European Union funded project in which the URVT is a partner representing Cyprus as the only non-governmental organization on the island which deals with victims of torture. The project is entitled “Promotion and dissemination of good practice in addressing specific needs of vulnerable groups - especially victims of torture and human rights violations - based on a transnational in-depth study and evaluation of working and treatment methods”. The project aims to promote European wide collaboration on a common approach and practice among rehabilitation centres.

The main result of the project will be recommendations for the work with most vulnerable groups of refugees including an inventory of care and treatment methods plus methods of staff care to be published and disseminated to all relevant stakeholders across Europe.

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