This training is designed for a cohort of specialists to develop skills regarding medical and legal documentation of human rights violations with an emphasis on people emerging from detention. The documentation training is based on the Istanbul Protocol, which is the Manual on Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
18 medical experts were qualified to be documenters (including one psychiatrist and one psychologist), in addition to 4 lawyers to be legal consultants in professional documentation. There was a total of 22 participants (more than half of which were women)
The training course was conducted in three theoretical weeks and four practical workshops over the course of a year in Gaziantep and Mersin, Turkey.
The targeted audience were all physicians and lawyers because documentation, according to international standards, requires vast knowledge and experience in the legal and medical fields
The one-year training course about “Istanbul Protocol-based Medical and Legal Documentation for Human Rights Violations Committed Against Detainees” aims to qualify new cohorts of legal and medical experts in documenting physical and psychological signs and symptoms of torture and sexual violence