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Friday, 05 February 2016 17:03

New Equipment For NPC Partners Who Support Torture Survivors

Under its project Promoting Accountability and Preventing Torture by Strengthening Survivors of Torture in Asia, NPC purchased equipment for local partners to upgrade their services to torture victims and their families. The project is funded Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR) and the EU.

The Centre for Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (CPPHR) was given equipment to upgrade its newly built counselling centre in Trincomalee. The new centre will support torture victims and their families with counselling and provide a safe space for them to come for assistance when needed.

At present, large numbers of war affected persons, both male and female, have little or no psychosocial support in the Eastern Province. CPPHR received equipment including a laptop and desktop computer, printer, video camera and furniture.

In the South, there is a need to address police torture, which has reached epidemic proportions in certain areas. The Citizens Committee Gampaha District (CCGD) provides advisory services, legal support and information dissemination on available mechanisms to address incidents of police torture. These services are provided free of charge.CCGD received a computer, video camera, printer and fax machine and furniture to upgrade its victim support centre.