HRFT ETHICAL COMMITTEE

You can apply to HRFT Ethical Committee about the studies that you want to realize !

HRFT Ethical Committee is formed to conduct the Treatment and Rehabilitation Projects of HRFT, to evaluate the applicants and, if necessary, to express opinions during HRFT’s operations by the means of ethics.

This committee is consisted by 5 experienced people in the fields of positive sciences, social sciences, ethics, education, health, law etc. elected to represent the Foundation in every field of study by the Executive Committee of the Foundation.

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Ethical Committee evaluates received research studies uttermost in 2 months. Committee decide by the majority of votes, yet different opinions are expressed by their reasons in the response. Dissenting opinions can be attached to decision book and this opinion is preserved in the report which is to present to the Executive Committee.

Existing Ethical Committee of HRFT consists of Nilgün TOKER, Berna ARDA, M. Emin ÖNDER, Türkan SANCAR and Hüsnü ÖNDÜL.

For detailed information: TİHV Etik Rehberi (in Turkish)

Ethical Committee Aplication Form: TİHV Etik Kurul Başvuru Formu (in Turkish)

TREATMENT and REHABILITATION CENTRES

The aim of the Treatment and Rehabilitation Centres is to be of assistance to the people subjected to torture in detention places and prisons providing physical, psychological and social treatment and rehabilitation.

The HRFT set up its first centre providing rehabilitation services to torture survivors in September 1990 in Ankara. It was reorganised as the Ankara Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre in January 1991. Representative offices and new centres were set up in turn in Izmir in July 1991, in Istanbul in October 1991, in Adana in February 1995 and lastly in Diyarbakir in June 1998. Unfortunately our Adana Office got closed down on August 2015.

In 1994 the “5 Cities Project” was initiated in the regions where no HRFT centres had been established. The project at first included Diyarbakir, Malatya, Adana, Mersin, and Gaziantep. The aim of the project was to provide treatment and rehabilitation services to the torture victims living in these cities. When the Adana (1995) and Diyarbakir (1998) offices were established Van and Adiyaman took their places in the project. The staff of the centres includes physicians, social workers, psychiatrists, secretary and medical secretaries. The first examination and the psychological evaluations of the applicants are provided at the foundation. If advanced examination and treatment are necessary, the applicants are sent to expert physicians from various medical fields.

In addition to the employed staff, the HRFT has hundreds of volunteers from various disciplines. The treatment and rehabilitation services are free of charge and travelling charges and expenses of the applicants can be covered by the foundation.

Please click to view our Treatment and Rehabilitation Centres Annual Reports.

LEGAL UNIT

Ensuring accountability on torture and ill-treatment cases is one of the main aims of HRFT since its foundation. By the knowledge of justice is important for the recovery process of a torture survivor, we are struggling to enlighten the cases and put the perptrators on trial.

For this purpose, the evidences and documentation of torture play an important role. However, insufficient and deficient judicial reports leaves torture survivors desperate in their fight against impunity. That is why, by the coordination of our law department, our volunteer lawyers try to give support to our applicants’ cases.

Furthermore, by the efforts of HRFT, Turkish Medical Association (TMA), Society of Forensic Medicine Specialists and other professional bodies, we are preparing “alternative medical evaluation reports” by paying attention to the ethical values and the frame of UN Manual on Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, commonly known as the Istanbul Protocol.