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​​​The United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture

To mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on 26 June, the UN Anti-Torture mechanisms issued a joint statement -English | Français | Español - and participated in a public webinar on "The impact of Covid-19 on torture and ill-treatment" organized by the UN Human Rights Office and Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT). 

Other Statements

  • The Convention against Torture Initiative welcomes the important work of the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture. See Statement (PDF).


Rehabilitation and Redress: The United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture was established by the General Assembly in 1981(resolution 36/151 - PDF) with a mandate to support torture survivors and their families. The Fund awards hundreds of grants to civil society organizations worldwide to deliver medical, psychological, legal, social and other assistance. The voluntary contributions that the Fund receives, mostly from member States, thus contribute to the rehabilitation, reparation, empowerment and access to remedies of nearly 50,000 torture survivors each year. Mission statement: English | Français | Español (PDF)

Leave No One Behind: Civil society organizations, ranging from survivor-led initiatives to rehabilitation centres, deliver services to torture survivors in situations of particular vulnerably, including children, youth, persons deprived of liberty, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, migrants including asylum seekers, refugees, internally displaced persons and LGBTI persons, amongst others. (FQA on the Fund)

Knowledge-sharing platform: The Fund also serves as a knowledge-sharing platform for torture survivors, human rights defenders, medical doctors, psychologists, lawyers, social workers and other practitioners assisting them.

Governance: The Fund is managed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, with the advice of a Board of Trustees composed of independent experts from the five world regions.


To witness how rehabilitation services help torture survivors to heal, see the UN Torture Fund trailer, featuring interviews with our beneficiary organizations, survivors and trustees, available in all United Nations languages. Video in العربية | 中文 | English | Français | русский | Español

Videos: Stories from the Fund

Emergency support to Rohingya victims that fled to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

OHC TORTURE ESTELA ENG from United Nations Human Rights on Vimeo.

The Abuelas Search for Truth and Justice –video highlighting the four decades of UN advocacy by the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo of Argentina to find their disappeared grandchildren
Torture and children:
Credit "True Heroes"
Rebuilding lives after torture - Ahmed

More videos...

Feature stories

COVID-19 exacerbates the risk of ill-treatment and torture worldwide – UN experts
COVID-19 exacerbates the risk of ill-treatment and torture worldwide – UN experts
The UN Anti-Torture mechanisms unanimously warned that the COVID-19 pandemic is leading to an escalation of torture and ill-treatment worldwide, and torture survivors are especially in danger of getting infected by the lethal virus.
26 June 2020