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Many thanks to all our sponsors, contributors and delegates who made the 9th international ISHHR workshops & conference a big success!

Special thanks to:

Amber Gray, Archil Talakvadze, Crystal Riley, Prof. Dean Ajdukovic, Dr. Eileen Pittaway, volunteer extraordinaire Gary Taylor, Héctor Aristizabal, Dr. José Quiroga, Lela Tsiskarishvili, Dr. Megan Berthold, all-rounder extraordinaire Nino Agdgomelashvili, Nino Makhashvili, Dr. Pau Pérez, Rosa Lía Chauca, Professor Emeritus Vamik Volkan and to all members of the local organising committee, ISHHR board members and our volunteers…

For Conference Program please click here. For the Official Report click here.


ISHHR brings together professionals and people affected by trauma and human rights abuses from all over the world every few years for a major conference to combat these effects.

International Capacity Building Workshops and Conference on Health and Human Rights is a four day distinctive event created by ISHHR to bring together health specialists, human rights advocates, social workers and other professionals that work to eliminate gross human rights violations and assist affected people all around the world.  Participants share knowledge on how to combat the effects of trauma, torture and human rights abuses on mental health and gain new skills.

Participants of ISHHR workshops and conferences reach out to tens of thousands of torture survivors and survivors of gross human rights' violations around the world that benefit from the services of colleagues that receive training about the latest developments in rehabilitation techniques to be used  towards creating healthier communities following conflicts, exchange information with colleagues from all around the world working under different circumstances, and probably add to the literature. 

Your centres might have been affected from the radical decrease in UNVFVT grants for 2011. As for ISHHR, these cuts have been shattering, since UNVFVT funding subclass for training and seminars for professionals assisting victims was suspended for 2011. We need our colleagues from developing countries to make it to Tbilisi this October, as much as we need those from the developed world to make this global networking and learning experience meaningful to all. For more information on sponsoring this event go to become a sponsor.


Health and Human Rights Info



Health and Human Rights Info is a project initiated by the International Society for Health and Human Rights (ISHHR) and funded by the Norwegian NGO Mental Health Project. HHRI website contains a database with links to selected materials, divided into three categories and thematic pages.

The Health and Human Rights Info database represents an important source of information within the field of health and human rights, and psychosocial intervention.

Click here to go to the latest HHRI Newsletter! 


Message from the Secretary General

Recent developments in the world, particularly public uprisings in Arab world against the many long standing leaders who battle to stay in power, might add to the number of people that suffer from torture and other forms of cruel treatment. I would like to congratulate all colleagues and courageous peoples in the region for their struggle for social equality and human rights.

Thousands of ISHHR members that work with survivors of gross human rights violations assist individuals and communities to overcome the impact of their traumatic experiences and regain control of their lives. For colleagues that work in remote or conflict areas, there is often no support or resources at all to deal with this. That’s why ISHHR’s 9th Capacity Building Workshops and Conference on Health and Human Rights was a unique opportunity for all of us from around the globe to share knowledge and experiences. The four day event in Tbilisi, Georgia took place from 6 to 9 October last year. It was an exceptional opportunity that offered ten remarkable workshops to expand skills, as well as a fine selection of fascinating keynotes and presentations, the engaging and interactive performance by Hector Aristizabal (Nightwind/Theatre of the Oppressed) and plenty of time for global networking.

We are most thankful to our generous donors: EU, AusAID, Kingdom of the Netherlands, STARTTS, GIP and GCRT. Without their support, we may not have been able to put together such a successful and productive event of this scale.

I take this opportunity to thank you for the priviledge of serving the Society as Secretary general for the last few years and to wish my very best to Mr. Mariano Coello, the Secretary General elect, who together with the new ISHHR Council established in Tbilisi and the local committee in Zimbabwe will be organising ISHHR's 10th capacity building workshops & conference in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe in October of 2014. I look forward to seeing you there!

Do not hesitate to contact ISHHR Secretariat Coordinator Janset Berzeg at to suggest contacts, sponsors and workshop topics for the upcoming event. 

All the best,

Jorge Aroche

Secretary General (departing)