Title Awareness Raising and Training Measures for The Istanbul Protocol in Europe
Project Number 510459-LLP-1-2010-1-AT-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
The Istanbul Protocol (Manual on Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment) is the United Nations standard for training in the assessment of persons who allege torture and ill treatment, for investigating cases of alleged torture, and for reporting such findings to the judiciary and any other investigative body.
The EU ARTIP (Awareness Raising and Training for the Istanbul Protocol) project provides information materials, training, and e-learning for all professionals interested in the Istanbul Protocol.
Social and especially organised violence is one of the most destructive forces impacting on health, quality of live of individuals and groups, and on civil society in general. Careful interaction with and support of survivors in legal procedures, documentation, monitoring and persecution leading to both prevention and rehabilitation have been targeted therefore by international standards by the UN “Istanbul Protocol Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment” (IP).
However, legal, social and medical workers are usually not aware of or are not proficient in the IP. The IP is too large and provides no specific didactical strategy or sufficient details to actually permit direct application, neither does it provide some country specific details required to make it applicable. The consortium follows the strong demands of the WMA and UN bodies to provide materials in a sample curriculum to address this needs.
The overall objective is to enable medical, legal and social professionals to address one of the
most fundamental concerns in protecting individuals from torture: effective documentation, that brings evidence of torture and ill-treatment to light so that perpetrators may be held accountable for their actions and the interests of justice may be served.
In order to achieve this goal, the specific objectives are
- to make processional users aware of and to qualify them in the IP and to enable them - to professional documentation of violence, reporting to legal networks and institutions
- to provide a realistic low- barrier, work-flow embeddable, flexible and sustainable curriculum structure and learning materials
- to make the IP an everyday instrument in European health care and legal practice and also in European asylum procedures.
- to use interdisciplinary and COLE approaches to address the focus and user needs to link legal and health care networks into a continuous process.
Violence, torture and inhumane treatment are world wide some of the major health risks with long-term and even transgenerational impact. Early identification, documentation, protection of survivors, and legal mechanisms for support, redress, justice and prevention have therefore been targeted by an initiative initiated by The United Nations and supported by an increasing number of organisations and governments including the EU. The UN Istanbul Protocol (IP) is THE new international standard on social violence that contributes to restorative and preventive justice, to the physical, psychological, and social rehabilitation of the victim, and the prevention of future violence.
However, the IP has not reached the crucial primary user groups in Europe due to lack of actual training curricula and materials. It has been demonstrated that even key experts in the relevant field are not aware of the existence of this standard or do not make use of it, and the complex and interdisciplinary nature creates barriers to the learning and application of the standard.
It is therefore necessary (and has been a result from a series of international programs on the Istanbul protocol (IPIP) to teach and implement the standard through workshops outside of the EU) to develop new and technology enhanced learning strategies to make the IP an effective every day standard and to be able to address the large group of users on a sustainable long-term base, as workshops or short trainings are expensive, cannot be reached by all users, need to be repeated on a regular base, and require frequent fresh-ups/up-dates.
The consortium consists of a selection of specialised organisations that cover the various working fields of the project:
The project could obtain the collaboration of experts who can be considered as the peak of the European experts in human rights
- Manfred Nowak, (presently UN special rapporteur on torture) from the Austrian Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights (BIM)
- Stephan Parmentier from the University Leuven with the research line on Political Crimes, Human Rights and Human Security, advisor to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, the Belgian Minister of the Interior, the King Baudouin Foundation, and Amnesty International (KULEUVEN)
- Andreas Frewer, the author of the german version of the Istanbul Protocol from the University Erlangen (FAU)
The bridge to the technological ICT application is secured through the participation of the Medical University Vienna, department of Psychiatry (MEDUNI), and the Greek Academic Network (GUNET) focusing on the development and provision of advanced ICT services and applications, such as e-learning services, to education and research processes.
The third group consists of European VET providers with an extensive experience and knowledge in the design of vocational qualification curricula, and especially in the integration of components that make learning attractive and increase the learning motivation (KTP, INTEGRA). They have been selected from EU countries where the IP is still widely unknown, and can therefore contribute, apart from their didactic experience, a major impetus in their countries to raising the awareness.
The project coordination will be done by WIN, Science Initiave Lower Austria, that has more than 15 years experience in EU project coordination and evaluation.
Open and distance learning
Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Human Health and Social Work Activities
The products can be downloaded at the project's website:
and at the website of the e-learning platform: