Istanbul Protocol [2022 version]: Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment


On 29th June 2022 a revised version of a major human rights document – the Istanbul Protocol – was launched in Geneva. Since 1999, the Istanbul Protocol has set out international standards for investigating and documenting acts of torture and ill-treatment, providing essential guidance for medical, law enforcement, prosecution, judicial and other relevant professionals.  The complete Protocol can be downloaded below.

The following paragraphs about the Protocol are taken from the website of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:

The revision of the Istanbul Protocol – the Manual on Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment to give it its full title – is the result of six-year process involving 180 experts from 51 countries.

The project was led by four civil society organizations – Physicians for Human Rights, the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims, the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey and the Redress Trust – and members from four core UN anti-torture bodies: the Committee against Torture; the Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture; the Special Rapporteur on Torture; and the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture. 

The revised version offers additional guidance for health professionals in documenting torture and ill-treatment in different contexts and a step-by-step guide for States on how to effectively implement the Protocol.

More generally, the revised version reflects on the most recent jurisprudence on torture prevention, accountability and redress, as well as lessons learned from using the Protocol over the past 20 years

The 1999 version of the Protocol is also available on this website here [link].

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