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The Torture Reporting Handbook

How to document and respond to allegations of torture within the international system for the protection of human rights

By Camille Giffard

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The Web version of the Torture Reporting Handbook

The English language edition of the Handbook has been converted into an online edition, available at:

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Download the English language version of the Torture Reporting Handbook

The English language version of the Handbook is available to download from this site in the following formats:

  • Word 6 (3900 kilobytes).
  • Word 6 compressed as a .ZIP file (660 kilobytes).
  • Rich text format (RTF) plus images, all compressed as a .ZIP file (450 kilobytes); this option consists of the book in RTF plus two images from the appendices in .GIF format, for faster download.
  • Adobe Acrobat (PDF, 790 kilobytes).

Please note that the page-numbering in these electronic versions may differ slightly from the printed version of the Handbook. To download one of the above files, you can either click on the link and follow the prompts, or right-click on the link and choose Save As (Mac users should click while holding down the Command key).

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