On march we conducted training in one of the hospitals in the south on the subject of identifying victims of torture and abuse and documenting such cases according to the guidelines of the Istanbul Protocol. Dr. Batina Birmans and Dr. Tamar Lavie, members of the Committee’s medical-legal documentation team, conducted the training.
Such trainings of medical staff, who encounter difficult cases every day and must diagnose patients’ medical and mental condition, are immensely important. Reports by medical staff can determine the later course of a legal procedure which decides whether a person was a victim of violence by the security authorities and whether he or she are entitled to assistance and recognition.
The Istanbul Protocol, on which we base our trainings, is recognized by the UN as the mechanism for identifying and documenting torture and is used in many countries in the world. Up to now, we have trained tens of doctors and mental health professionals to identify and document signs of torture and abuse according to the Protocol’s guidelines, and we will continue to do so in the south, north, and all across the country.