Between 10 and 12 of May PCATI held a three-day legal training on the Istanbul Protocol, a UN recognized guide for the investigation and documentation of torture. The twenty-three participants included private lawyers working with Palestinians and refugees, UN personnel, and representatives from human rights organizations and from the Ministry of Justice.
During the training participants learned about torture in international law, methods for interviewing torture victims, and the ways in which the Protocol can augment victim’s access to justice.
The training also included workshops which covered domestic legislation pertaining to torture and the implementation of the Protocol in Israeli context, as well as lectures from doctors and mental health experts trained as a part of PCATI’s forensic project. The training was organized in partnership with the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT), and included a presentation by Dr Türkcan Baykal, a member of HRFT and one of the Protocol’s editors.