European Network

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.

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

The main working fields and themes of the European Network are covered by a variety of working groups facilitated by members of the Steering Committee and professionals of the European Centres for Refugees and Survivors of Torture. The working groups meet separately each year and they are all voluntarily engaged in activities of the EURONET.

For more information on who is currently connected in the European Network, see the list of the members of the „Network of Rehabilitation Centres for Survivors of Torture“

If you are interested in further information about the Network or its current activities, please do not hesitate to contact us at:


Steering Committee

Chairperson:                   Elise Bittenbinder, BAfF e.V., Berlin, Germany // contact:

Members:                    Prof. Dr. Nimisha Patel, International Centre for Health and Human Rights (ICHHR), University of East London, London, UK // contact:

Dr. Camelia Doru, ICAR Foundation, Bucharest, Romania // contact:

David Rhys Jones, Helen Bamber Foundation, London, UK // contact:

Working Group on Research:                                                 Prof. Dr. Nimisha Patel

Working Group on Assessment & Documentation:      Dr. Camelia Doru

Working Group on Fundraising:                                 tba

Working Group on Advocacy & Legal Issues:                  David Rhys Jones

Organizing Committee of the upcoming EURONET Meeting in Romania, 11-14 November 2017

This year’s European Network Meeting, entitled “Towards Global Health: Refugees and Torture Victims in Europe Today,” will analyse the current state of health and social care for refugees as well as examining the key challenges for services, taking into account the current humanitarian crises and different models of handling them. The meeting will aim to promote mental health and social care for those who have experienced human rights violations such as torture, and to develop strategies to ensure the sustainability of health and social care services as part of rehabilitation.

The meeting, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Health, will take place in Bucharest and will also allow us to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the ICAR in Romania.

The Organizing Committee consists of staff members from BAfF e.V., the German umbrella organization of 37 psychosocial and rehabilitation centres for refugees and victims of torture, and members of our cooperation partner, the ICAR Foundation, which was the first rehabilitation centre for refugees and torture victims in Romania.

Chairpersons: Elise Bittenbinder, President of BAfF e.V., Germany and Dr. Camelia Doru, Director of the ICAR Foundation, Romania

Organising Committee:

Sibel Atasayi, Project Management, BAfF e.V., Germany

Annette Kieser, Finance and Project Coordination, BAfF e.V., Germany

Daniela Krebs, Public Relations, BAfF e.V., Germany

Irina Conduruta, Project Coordination, ICAR Foundation, Romania

Octav Doru, Finances, ICAR Foundation, Romania