In mid-September we hosted Dr. Pau Perez-Sales, a senior clinical psychiatrist in La Paz Hospital in Madrid, the Chair of the section on torture of the World Psychiatric Association, and a leading expert on the documentation of torture who has recently published a book on psychological torture and its documentation. Dr. Perez-Sales came to Israel as a guest of PCATI as part of the organization’s on-going work with physicians, mental health experts and lawyers around the identification and documentation of torture using the Istanbul Protocol.
As part of Dr. Perez-Sales’ visit we organized training for lawyers who visit detainees and prisoners and/or represent victims and survivors of torture. The training focused on the meaning, consequences and legal documentation of psychological torture; 21 lawyers participated, and some of the issues discussed were the difficult “translation” of psychological consequences to legal terms, the documentation of methods that don’t leave visible signs – like sleep deprivation and threats – and the concept of a “torturing environment” during detention and interrogation.
To read more about the Istanbul Protocol and our medico-legal documentation work click here