Provisional Programme



         1 – 3 December 2014

        Imphal, Manipur, India

The purposes of the Asia Regional Meeting are aligned with the following general and specific objectives:

General Objective: The general objective of the regional meeting is to share experiences, familiarise and discuss torture and other related trauma, and its consequences in situations of Non-International Armed Conflicts (NIACs) in Asia. The sharing of experiences from many parts of the Asia region which are in a situation of NIACs or have recently emerged from such a situation will also familiarise member centres of how to address this issue in the context of rehabilitation as a form of reparation under international law; and the role expected from member centres and their staff members including security related concerns; and how to engage with state and non-state organisations involved in the conflicts.The Regional Meeting will draw on the experience of rehabilitation centres in Asia as well as other organizations working in the region.

 Specific Objectives

The overall objectives of the Asia Regional Meeting are as follows:

  1. No exception to the right not to be tortured – what does it mean for IRCT member centres & their country context in non-international armed conflict and post-conflict scenarios?
  • To gain an understanding of the concepts, framework and issues concerning rehabilitation and redress regarding torture and humanitarian crises.
  • To assess the right to rehabilitation concept in the context of the Asia region/IRCT Asian Member Centres and the provision of holistic torture rehabilitation in the context of conflict and post-conflict scenarios.
  • To learn about the current situation regarding armed conflicts and post-conflict situation in Asia in the context of torture.

Membership Issues

  • To consolidate our understanding of the core aspects of IRCT membership including the strategic direction and policy framework of the IRCT as a global membership based organization (i.e. IRCT’s Global Strategy 2015-2020).
  • Where the IRCT’s Global Strategy does not respond to the needs of Asia, to identify contextually-appropriate means of delivery and also discussions on further development of regional elements that will reside exclusively in the regional decision-making processes (Asian Regional Strategy)
  • To strengthen the networking opportunities between centres within Asia, and use the ARM as a opportunity for gathering as much relevant data relating to the capacities, needs, strengths and weaknesses of the centres;
  • To present, discuss and share the state of the art in relation to substantive issues of concern to Asia, as well as knowledge created within the Centres in relation to rehabilitation and other components of the fight against torture.
  • To providing a capacity-building exercise in a particular domain based on feedback from member centres.

PROVISIONAL AGENDA (to be finalised)

DAY 1: Monday 1st December 2014

Session I – Inaugural Session (Please see programme)

08.00 am – 09.00 am                        Registration

08:25 am       Arrival and seating of invitees

08:30  am       Arrival of the Chief Guest, Hon’ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare

08:35  am       Dignitaries take their seats on Dais

08:40  am       Welcome Address by Dr. Immanuel Zarzosang Varte, Executive Director (CORE)

08:45  am       Lighting of Lamp and Prayer

08:50  am       Presentations

08:55  am       Keynote Address by Dr. Y. Mohen Singh, Secretary, IRCS (Manipur State Branch)

09:05  am       Address by the Chief Guest

09:15  am       Speeches by Guests of Honour

09:45  am       Presidential Address

09:50  am       Technical Announcements

09:55  am       Vote of Thanks by Mr. Namdithiu Pamei, Deputy Director, CORE

10:00  am       High Tea

Press communiqué

Session II–IRCT Global Strategy Plan (2015 – 2020) & the Asia region

11.00 am – 12.00 pm             Introduction and Presentation of IRCT Global Strategic Plan (2015-2020)

Video Presenter: Victor Madrigal-Borloz, Secretary General, IRCT

12.00pm – 01.00 pm             Open Floor Panel Discussionon IRCT’s Global Strategy and development of an Asia Regional Strategy

Panel: Miriam Reventlow, Director, Advocacy IRCT Council Members Asia: Ms. Shanti Arulampalam(Survivors Associated, Sri Lanka); Dr. Kamrul Khan (CRST, Bangladesh), Ms. Edel Hernandez (MAG, Philippines) and Dr Pradeep Agrawal (SOSRAC, India); Dr D Roy Laifungbam, President, CORE

Moderators: Dr I Z Varte, Executive Director, CORE, and Dr Marion Staunton, IRCT Senior Advisor – Asia

01.00 am – 02.00 pm LUNCH

Session II – continued discussion on IRCT Global Strategy (2015 – 2020) and Asia region

02.00pm – 03.30 pm             Open Floor Panel/Breakout GroupsDiscussion on IRCT Global Strategy and development of an Asia Strategy(2015 – 2020)

Working Groups

  • Capacity Building
  • Research
  • Advocacy

Facilitators: Dr. Pradeep Agrawal, President SOSRAC and Asia Council Member IRCT, Edel (Executive Director, MAG, Philippines), Dr. Marion Staunton (IRCT Senior Advisor – Asia)

03.30 pm – 04.00 pm                        TEA/COFFEE BREAK

Session III – Knowledge and Research (IRCT strategic path)

04.00 pm – 04.30 pm            Introduction to Knowledge and Research Developments in IRCT (IRCT’s Strategic path in knowledge and development)

Presenter:Dr. Marion Staunton (IRCT Senior Advisor – Asia)

04.30 pm – 05.30 pm                        Comments and Responses

DAY 2: Tuesday, 2nd December 2014

08:30 am – 09.00 am                        Recap of Day 1

Facilitator: Dr. Kamrul Khan, CRTS and Dr. Marion Staunton, IRCT

Session III – Continued discussion of Knowledge and Research (IRCT strategic path)

09.00 am – 09.30 am                        Summary of IRCT’s ‘Data in the Fight against Impunity’ (DFI) Project

Presenter: Suraj Koirala (Executive Director, TPO Nepal) AND/OR Dr. Marion Staunton (To Be Confirmed)

 09.30 am – 10.00 am  Comments and Responses

10.00 am – 10.30 am                        Tea/Coffee Break

Session IV – Advocacy/IRCT Regional Advocacy Strategy

10.30 am – 11.15 am                        Introduction to IRCT’s Regional Advocacy Strategy & overview of support offered to member centres by IRCT (at global and national levels)

Presenter: Dr Marion Staunton (on behalf of Legal and Advocacy Team)

11.15 pm– 12.00 pm             Advocacy activities in Asia member centres– Learning from member centres in Asia

Presenters: MAG and BALAY (Philippines) Member Centres share  their context, experience and activities about Advocacy work in the Philippines in collaboration with IRCT. To Be Confirmed

12.00pm – 12.30pm              Comments and Responses

12.30 pm-01.30 pm              Lunch

Session V –Understanding Rehabilitation and Redress regarding Torture and Complex Humanitarian Crises in Asia

01.30 pm – 03.00 pm                        REGIONAL EXPERIENCES: PRESENTATIONS

Moderator: Dr D Roy Laifungbam (President, CORE) To Be Confirmed

 ”Holistic rehabilitation of victims of armed conflicts in the North East region with special reference to the needs of women victims – The Assam experience”

Presenter: Sheetal Sharma (Senior Programme Associate, North East Network, India)

”Development of the ECHO project Humanitarian support to the people affected by conflict in Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh and Manipur: What does the Manipur experience teach us?

Presenter: Anjan Bordoloi (Programme Officer, ActionAid India, Guwahati Regional Office, India)

Relevance of International Humanitarian Law in the armed conflict situations in India: the question of rehabilitation as a form of reparation”

Presenter: Babloo Loitongbam (Executive Director, Human Rights Alert, India and member of the Working Group on Human Rights in India and the UN)

Open Plenary Discussion

03.00 pm – 03.30 pm                        TEA/COFFEE BREAK

03.30 pm – 05.00 pm            The provision of holistic rehabilitation in the context of conflict and post – conflict scenarios

Synthesis and Discussion

POSTER PRESENTATIONS & DISCUSSIONS: Rehabilitation of Torture Victims – the experience in complex humanitarian situations in the Asia Region          

  2. Sri Lanka SA, FRCSL
  3. Nepal CVICT, TPO
  4. Cambodia TPO
  5. Indonesia RATA
  6. Philippines MAG, BALAY
  7. Thailand Duay Jai Group
  8. Indonesia ADLP
  9. Bangladesh CRTS
  10. Kyrgyzstan GSPF
  11. Pakistan SACH
  12. South Korea GTC

06.30 pm – 08.00 pm            Dance Movement Therapy: A Demonstration participatory group exercise by dance and movement therapists of CORE-H2H and Creative Movement Therapy Association of India (Delegates are to join the session)

Facilitators: Manju Verma, Nishtha Agarwal and Surjit Nongmeikapam (Creative Movement Therapy Association of India)

Film Screening: “Gun and a God”, a 30-minute documentary by Sonia Nepram

“A powerful depiction of violence against women as a living, breathing secret of Manipur society today, and the people who suffer in the protracted armed conflict situation. Truth is stranger than fiction, and *Gun and A God* is based on real events.”

DAY 3: Wednesday, 3rd December, 2014

Session VI – Capacity Building on Rehabilitation & Redress in situation of Complex Humanitarian Emergencies

NOTE: This session is an out of venue field situated session to be conducted at the SENDRA PARK AND RESORT (By THE CLASSIC), Sendra Island on the Loktak Lake (45 KM from Imphal). Participants will leave for Sendra by bus at 7:30 AM after early breakfast.

08:30 am – 09.30 am                        Recap of Day 2

Facilitator: Edel Hernandez, MAG and Asia Council Member IRCT and Shanti Arulampalam, SA and Asia Council Member IRCT

09.30 am – 11.30 noon        International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and challenges of contemporary armed conflicts in South Asia

(Coffee in session)              Facilitator: International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC Regional Delegation for India, Bhutan and the Maldives

11.30pm – 12.30 pm             LUNCH

12.30 pm – 02.00 pm            Survivors Engagement – Meeting indigenous fisher-family torture victims of Loktak Lake and leaders of All Manipur Loktak Lake Areas Fishermen’s Union Manipur (ALLAFUM)

02.00 pm                                Return to Imphal

03.00 pm                                Arrival at Hotel Imphal

03.30 pm                                Visit to CORE-H2H

05.00 pm                                CLOSING FUNCTION AND CULTURAL EVENING

[Please see programme]


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