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29 June 2022, 14:00-16:00


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One Step Closer to a World Without Torture: Launch of the Istanbul Protocol 2022


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This event – co-sponsored by the United Nations (UN) Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Istanbul Protocol Editorial Committee – marks the official launch of the updated Istanbul Protocol.

The Istanbul Protocol, also known as the Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, is the global standard for the effective investigation and documentation of torture and other forms of ill-treatment, which has been endorsed by OHCHR since 1999. The updated Istanbul Protocol is the culmination of a six-year process, with contributions from more than 180 anti-torture experts from 51 countries.

On this occasion, Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, together with representatives of the core UN anti-torture mechanisms and other international human rights bodies and civil society organizations will commemorate this historic event and discuss advances in torture investigations.


  • James Lin, International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims


  • Gloria Gaggioli, Director, Geneva Academy

Introductory Remarks

  • Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Strengthening Global Standards for Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture

  • Vincent Iacopino, Physicians for Human Rights

The Future of Torture Investigations: lessons learned and advances in law, forensics and advocacy

  • Vincent Iacopino, Physicians for Human Rights
  • Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Human Rights Foundation of Turkey
  • Chris Esdaile, REDRESS
  • Marie Brasholt, DIGNITY – Danish Institute against Torture
  • Nora Sveaass, Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture


  • Vivienne Nathanson, United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture

Reception and Cocktails

The event will be followed by a reception at Villa Moynier.


Villa Moynier, 120B Rue de Lausanne, Geneva and online


This event will take place in Geneva and online.

Attendance in Geneva is upon invitation only. However, you can register here to follow this conference online. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


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