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IRCT's Protest Tool Kit

Attached below is the Protest Toolkit:

What is the Protest Toolkit?

The Protest Toolkit provides guidance on how to collect evidence of torture and ill-treatment during protest.

In two key parts, the Toolkit contains:

  1. An Illustrated Guide for collecting evidence of torture & ill-treatment during protest & detention 📸 AND

  2. Documentation Forms for documenting & reporting torture & other human rights violations during protest 📝

The tools have been designed by leading forensic experts at the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), the Independent Forensic Expert Group (IFEG), and the Human Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley based on their extensive experience in the field of torture investigation and documentation.

Who can use it?

These tools are intended for use by protesters, activists and civil society organizations.

They are easy to use – written in clear, common language, with helpful explanations and, in the Illustrated Guide, eye-catching images. They distil key documentation principles to be followed in the evidence collection process, helping users to build a strong evidence base facilitating impactful advocacy.

To date, we have been able to make this resource available in 6 languages: English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Ukrainian! 🌏

You are encouraged to use the tools as is, as an educational resource, or adapt them to your organization's specific needs. For help with this, please feel free to contact James Lin and Rhona Goodarzi

Illustrated Guide for Collecting Evidence of Torture & Ill-Treatment During Protest & Detention

In four parts, our illustrated guide supports individuals, activists and civil society organizations to effectively:

  1. Use photos and video to document acts of police brutality;

  2. Collect and preserve physical evidence;

  3. Describe your story and injuries in detail; and

  4. Take photos of your injuries that can serve as forensic evidence

Download PDF • 5.95MB

Documentation Forms

This tool will help you to:

  1. Explain in detail what happened to you in protest, arrest or detention;

  2. Respond to the key questions forming part of the evidence collection process;

  3. Accurately describe the injuries that you suffered; and

  4. Record any visible injuries resulting from this experience, using photographs and professional body diagrams.

Download PDF • 746KB

Do not hesitate to reach out to James Lin and Rhona Goodarzi for any questions you may have.

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