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IRCT Video on Forensic Assessment

2011 December 12

Video: Forensic Evidence Helps Unravel
Coverup of Torture by Egyptian Police

In June, 2010, Khaled Said was publicly tortured and beaten to death by Egyptian police. A new video from the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims focuses on how forensic assessments by the IRCT and its Egyptian member center, El Nadeem, helped to demolish the police coverup and spark the Tahrir Square revolution that erupted six months later. The video, World Without Torture, is a little slow at times, but the information it provides is vital and timely, and the sections focusing on the Said case are totally riveting. It’s in English but can be screened with French, Spanish, or Arabic subtitles.
                The IRCT is the world leader in promoting the use of medical examination and forensic evidence in the investigation and prosecution of torture cases, both in the courts and by human rights institutions. 
World Without Torture and other videos can also be viewed on the IRCT’s website
(including Be a Part of the Solution, an award-winning spot developed for the IRCT by the Refuge Media Project.)

“Torture often takes place in secrecy, and many torture methods are designed to be as painful as possible without leaving physical marks. A key purpose of documentation, in a word, is to make it impossible for perpetrators to deny their crimes…
            “Perpetrators are seldom brought to court; and torture survivors rarely receive any kind of redress. In a climate of impunity, perpetrators of torture can continue their crimes without risking arrest, prosecution or punishment. Besides adding to the suffering of the victims, such a situation leads to a general lack of trust in justice and the rule of law. Consequently, few complaints are brought forward and few actual prosecutions are made.”
                                                     — From the IRCT website



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