Commentary by Onder Ozkalipci:

Ethical criteria when a (potential) perpetrator asks a human rights organization to defend their case based on the forensic documentation of alleged torture. How shall we proceed?

  • Onder Ozkalipci World Psychiatric Association and Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine.
Keywords: Ethical criteria, perpetrator


I congratulate the author for bringing this topic regarding the ethical dilemmas faced by NGOs when a perpetrator of torture requests a clinical evaluation to prove claims of persecution or being victim of torture. Such dilemmas may arise in the case of NGOs whose primary mission is to provide supportive documentation for asylum claims by victims of torture, in accordance with the Istanbul Protocol.

Questions related to these dilemmas may emerge in the daily practice of any rehabilitation centre for survivors of torture (RCTs). I will proceed to discuss the paper from the perspective of RCTs....


World Medical Association (WMA) (2018a). WMA Declaration of Geneva.

World Medical Association (WMA) (2018b). WMA International Code of Medical Ethics.

World Medical Association (WMA) (2017a). WMA Council Resolution in Support of Dr Serdar K√ľni.

World Medical Association (WMA) (2017b). WMA Regulations in Times of Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence.

World Medical Association (WMA) (2016). Ethical Principles of Health Care in Times of Armed Conflict and Other Emergencies.

European Asylum Support Office (EASO) (n.d.) EASO Tool for Identification of Persons with Special Needs.

How to Cite
Ozkalipci, O. (2020). Commentary by Onder Ozkalipci:. Torture Journal, 30(2), 122-125.