The Torture Reporting Handbook
Author: Camille Giffard
Publisher: The Human Rights Centre, University of Essex
Year: 2000

This handbook is aimed primarily at less experienced NGOs, particular smaller NGOs working at a national and community level, who wish to develop and become more involved in torture reporting. It does not attempt to provide technical medical or legal instruction, but focuses rather on the process of reporting itself. In this way, it seeks to enable such NGOs to produce high-quality information on both individual incidents and patterns of torture, with a view to maximising the utility of the information to the international bodies, as well as assisting those NGOs to select the most appropriate procedure or procedures to which to address the information in light of their own desired result. The focus of the handbook is torture, but much of what is said here would be equally relevant in the context of other human rights violations. Even where an allegation may not amount to a violation of the prohibition of torture, it could still be a violation of another human rights norm, such as the right to liberty and security of person, or the right to a fair trial. Although such violations are not the object of this handbook, readers should be aware that remedies also exist for violations of human rights other than torture.