Visits to prisoners and documentation of torture
31-03-2002 by Hernán Reyes
Extract from "The medical documentation of torture", edited by Micheal Peel, chapter 5, pp.77-100, Geenwich Medical Media, London, 2002.
Today there are dozens of major centres – and many more smaller ones – around the world that provide care for victims of torture. Some of these centres are in the countries where torture actually takes place; others are in host countries where victims of torture may perhaps seek asylum. Trained personnel with the necessary medical and psychological skills will obtain documentation in such centres while at the same time providing therapy. Legal advisors and social workers will also be present thus to provide not only medical expertise but also legal advice and social assistance. In these centres, time limitations for interviews will not be a major limiting factor, and having a series of interviews will be the rule rather than the exception.