Torture and Sequels to Persecution: A Global Challenge

  • Thomas WenzelEmail author
  • Solvig Ekblad
  • Marianne Kastrup
  • Seggane Musisi


Political persecution, torture, war and civil war are a growing problem, contributing also significantly to the present international refugee crises. The severe long-term impact on social systems, physical and especially psychological health, which can even become transgenerational, has been well documented. Violence in this context can be seen as the probably most significant global risk factor in mental health. Addressing prevention, support, treatment and long-term rehabilitation requires an interdisciplinary effort and close collaboration between health-care, legal and other experts, as well as of international organisations and UN bodies. The increasing importance of transcultural factors is of special relevance in the development of programmes in war areas and for displaced populations. Protection for vulnerable groups and human rights standards must be supported in different settings including asylum procedures.


War Torture Trauma Human rights violations Refugees 


Conflicts of Interest

No conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Wenzel
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Solvig Ekblad
    • 3
  • Marianne Kastrup
    • 4
  • Seggane Musisi
    • 5
  1. 1.Section on Psychological Aspects of Torture and PersecutionWorld Psychiatric AssociationGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Division of Social Psychiatry, Wellcome CenterMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria
  3. 3.Department of Learning, InformatcisManagement and Ethics (LIME), Cultural MedicineKarolinska Institutet, StockholmSweden
  4. 4.ConsultantFrederiksbergDenmark
  5. 5.Department of PsychiatrySchool of Medicine, Mulago Hospital, Makerere University College of Health SciencesKampalaUganda

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