The worst scars are in the mind: psychological torture

30 September 2007 Dr Hernán Reyes

Torture often includes methods that entail severe psychological distress and profoundly disrupt the senses and personality. This article describes how psychological methods which do not amount to ill-treatment when considered in isolation can amount to torture through their accumulation over time and their integration into the whole torture process.

About the author

Dr Hernán Reyes
Specialist on medical aspects of detention

MD, of the ICRC’s Assistance Division, is a specialist on medical aspects of detention and has visited numerous detention centres around the world.