What is this project all about?
Every day States, researchers, practitioners and human rights defenders take steps to fight torture and ill-treatment. Nonetheless, much more needs to be done in order to identify and develop measures that have a significant effect on reducing torture and ill-treatment. Moreover, it is important that legal, policy and structural reforms as well as capacity development are grounded in evidence-based research in order to ensure effective prevention.
Significantly also, information on torture and ill-treatment and how they can be prevented are dispersed across different sources, making it difficult to access. What is more, the work of the various actors is not sufficiently coordinated, leading to frequent duplications and the missing of valuable cooperation opportunities.
We therefore want to create a “one-stop shop” on torture and ill-treatment that gives more visibility to these important dimensions in order to raise awareness on the topic, foster exchange and empower organisations, individuals and torture victims across the world. We will achieve this through an interactive Projects & Activities Map and a Learning & Exchange Platform.
What is the project goal and who is the project for?
Our goal is to make information about torture prevention and the exchange on the topic open and effective. We believe in cooperation, exchange and open science - change requires the support of many.
We want to not only address researchers and practitioners, but any committed person who believes that torture needs to be fought! The ‘Atlas of Torture’ will be a resource for the entire community of human rights defenders as well as the general public to learn more about torture and ill-treatment and get involved.
Why would you support this project?
If you always wanted
- to support those who fight everyday torture and ill-treatment
- to find out more about torture prevention, but information was not accessible or not presented in a user-friendly format
- to know more about ongoing projects or organisations working in the field, but did not know where to search
- to liaise with other organisation working on torture prevention, but did not know where to find them
- to get involved by making a sustainable contribution to safer and more peaceful societies all over the world
then this is the perfect opportunity!
Support us in bringing the ‘Atlas of Torture’ to life. With your backing, we can make change possible through research, awareness and empowerment.
How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded?
In order to be successful, we need you – in only 30 days we want to raise the money for the next steps in the global fight against torture.
With your Funding, we will establish:
- An interactive Projects & Activities Map to connect relevant actors. This will not only include their work, but all other relevant projects, including conferences and country missions. This will create greater visibility for the work organisations and actors do worldwide. It will particularly strengthen their coordination and cooperation, while also facilitating access to relevant organisations for human rights defenders and victims of violations.
- A Learning & Exchange Platform to enable users to expand their knowledge about the prevention of torture and ill-treatment. The Learning & Exchange Platform will include videos, podcasts, webinars etc. It will further explore the use of innovative formats in order to raise awareness on the topic of torture. Additionally, it will also function as a tool that fosters exchange leading to the establishment of new networks and coalitions.
Who are the people behind the project?
The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights based in Vienna is the largest independent human rights research institute in Austria. The department ‘Human Dignity and Public Security’ has long-standing experience in preventing torture and ill-treatment as the support team of the former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Manfred Nowak (2004-2010). It has authored the reviewed key legal commentary on relevant UN Conventions (CAT and OPCAT) and has assisted State and non-State actors worldwide through targeted advice, consulting and training.
Based in Geneva, HURIDOCS is a non-profit organisation that has worked at the intersection of technology and human rights for over 35 years. HURIDOCS is a globally distributed team of information scientists, documentation experts, information security specialists and software designers out to empower defenders to act strategically on human rights information. HURIDOCS is responsible for the technical development of the website.
The LBG 'Open Innovation in Science Center’ is systematically bringing open innovation methods into research. It is unique in the European research landscape, with the decisive goal to enter into a dialogue with citizens, redesigning conventional research processes with the goal to generate greater societal impact through research. The LBG 'Open Innovation in Science Center’ is supporting the Atlas of Torture.