Welcome to the European Network of Rehabilitation Centres for Survivors of Torture

European Network Meeting 12–14 November 2017 in Bucharest/ Romania:

“Towards global health: Refugees and victims of torture in Europe Today”

In line with former European Network meetings, we will follow the usual format of discussions between health professionals from various disciplines in plenary debates, facilitated workshop discussions and moderated panels (partly open to the public). This year’s conference aims to examine key challenges in Europe to ensure sustainability of health and social care services as part of rehabilitation to refugees and survivors of torture in times of political insecurity and crisis. Finding ways to frame health consequences of man-made disasters as a public health concern will be discussed as well as opportunities, challenges and risks to be identified by professionals. read more


Within the boundaries of the Council of Europe about 100 centres and programmes provide assistance to victims of human rights violations, either asylum seekers and refugees in host countries, or victims of past or current regimes.

Considering the political developments in Europe and in particular the fall of the Soviet regime, the enlargement of the European Union and the development of a common EU asylum system, there was a strong need for more cooperation and a sharing of experiences and expertise between the regional organisations providing support to victims of torture and also the appeal of facing new international challenges together.

Therefore, in 2003, the organisations created an informal network: The European Network of Rehabilitation Centres for Survivors of Torture.

The European Network of Rehabilitation Centres for Survivors of Torture presents several levels of activities: