Torture fund faces challenges as victims' rights rejected

Singers wearing hats advocating “No Torture” line up before performing at a Human Rights Day event outside of Mogadishu Central Prison in Somalia.UN Photo/Tobin Jones (file)

The Syrian conflict and the rise of Isis extremists have created "waves" of torture victims who urgently need help to rebuild their lives, UN human rights experts said on Thursday.

The warning came at a UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture meeting in Geneva, where trustees of the bursary said that many states continue to ignore victims' rights to redress, leaving its resources "overstrained".

Also at the event, rehabilitation centre workers said they faced increasing and "overwhelming" challenges as they struggled to cope with the influx of torture victims of all ages.

Daniel Johnson has more.

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