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February 2013
Psychological Consequences of Torture and Persecution

A Report on the Section symposium – Prague, October 2012

It was our good fortune and privilege to be able to participate in this very exciting World Congress last October in Prague. The Congress was organized without a flaw and with much local flexibility and resourcefulness under the theme of Focusing on Access, Quality and Human Care.

Our Section symposium was entitled “The UN Istanbul Protocol and the forensic documentation of Torture”.  Dr. Thomas Wenzel chaired the session, which included papers of his own and Dr. Lilla Hárdi’s experiences with the Istanbul protocol. Dr. Federico Allodi gave a paper on the Health and Human Rights Education of Children. It was followed by the Section’s general business meeting, attended personally or by proxy by 24 members. The outgoing chair, Dr. Lilla Hardi, reviewed some of the Section’s accomplishments in the past triennium: the updating of the membership list and the Section’s Manual of Procedures, our symposia in Marrakech, Buenos Aires, and Prague, and the enlistment of twelve new members from Argentina, Austria, Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, Israel, Spain, The Netherlands, Tunisia and the United Kingdom.

With the helpful advice and encouragement from Prof. Afzal Javed, WPA Secretary for Sections, we organized and conducted the elections for a new Section Committee. The elected were: Dr. Federico Allodi (Chair), Dr. Lilla Hardi (Co-Chair), Dr. Joost den Otter (Secretary), Dr. Mariam Jiskhariani (Treasurer), and Dr. Dario Lagos (member).

Prague, a beautiful and most hospitable city, predictably turned out to be a fabulous place for speaking and thinking about Access, Quality and Human Care. As a bonus to the scientific and social programs, we used most of the opportunities to know personally our colleagues from across the globe and to create with them promising working relationships.

Federico Allodi

Chair, WPA Section on Psychological Consequences of Torture and Persecution

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