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Publication | Becoming a Torturer

The VIPRE Initiative’s latest publication Becoming a Torturer: Towards a Global Ergonomics of Care is now available. Published within the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Review, this peer-reviewed publication draws on Lead Researcher of VIPRE Jonathan Luke Austin’s theoretical understanding of the process by which individuals unintentionally carry out aberrant violences like torture. Combined with primary source accounts of torturers, the article lays out the paradoxical need to combine punitive, justice-orientated, and rights-based approaches to preventing torture with a comprehensive societal mechanism of ‘caring’ for torturers themselves.

The article is available from the Review webpage here, or can be downloaded directly below.