Istanbul Protocol is one of the most important milestones of the eradication of torture. 40 members of rights-based organizations, 75 lawyers, philosophers, physicians, psychologists, medical workers and human rights activists from 15 countries came together to create this manual. Not only in Turkey but all around the world, this protocol is medical and legal guidance trademarked by the United Nations, and it is a guide for all torture survivors, their lawyers, human rights activist, prosecutors and judges seeking the truth.
The latest edition of the “Istanbul Protocol: Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment” with contributions from more than 180 anti-torture experts from 51 countries, published by The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on June 29, 2022 at Geneva. The new edition of the Istanbul Protocol is strengthened with lessons learned from 20 years of implementation experience, providing critical guidance to States to ensure they fulfill their treaty obligations to investigate, prosecute, and punish torture under the UN Convention against Torture (UNCAT) and international law.