Resolutions adopted December 1999

11. Treatment of survivors of torture by the IRB

Whereas:
  1. Evidence indicates that some survivors of torture are being re-traumatized by the experience of the refugee hearing process;
  2. The determination of refugee status for survivors of torture presents evidentiary complexities for the IRB;
  3. The CCR has endorsed a detailed written proposal for guidelines for the determination of torture survivors before the IRB;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR request that the IRB make it apriority to establish a joint committee with the CCR to develop guidelines for refugee claim determination involving survivors of torture. The joint committee will work in consultation with other organizations with expertise in dealing with survivors of torture.